Bartow High School’s softball team has long been regarded as one of the perennial high school powers throughout the county and often times, the state of Florida. The 2013-14 season is shaping up to be no different as the Lady Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 17-3 overall and a perfect 9-0 in District 7A-6.
While Bartow is loaded with talent from top to bottom, no player has shined brighter than sophomore catcher Lexi Sims. Last week, Sims was named District Player of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association.
After earning All-County and second team All-State honors a season ago, Sims has gone on to do bigger and better things in year number two. With a .488 batting average, Sims leads the county with 30 RBIs while collecting 13 hits for extra bases.
Despite many individual accomplishments in such a short time, Sims has remained humble as she aims to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets to a state championship.
“Everything we accomplish is as a team,” said Sims on her recent recognition.
“She’s had a great year,” said head coach Glen Rutenbar. “It just shows how much ability she has that everyone recognizes her as a great player.”
Although Sims always puts her team first, she was very honored to be named the district’s top player. “I’m really excited about it,” added the sophomore catcher. “I’ve worked hard for it.”
With Sims being recognized as the Player of the Year in the district, she also receives an All-State nomination for a second straight season. After shining as a freshman a season ago, Sims has made immense improvement as a sophomore leaving many to ponder just how good she’ll be when her Bartow career is all said and done.
Adding Coach Rutenbar, “to know that she has two more years is really nice.”