Morgan’s Mims signs with Chattahoochee Valley

Published 11:21 pm Monday, May 18, 2015

 

Morgan Academy senior softball player Margaret Mims signed Monday to play collegiately at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City.  Margaret signed with her parents Mark and Mary Margaret by her side in the front row. Behind them are Morgan Academy head coach Ed Miller and Chattahoochee Valley head coach Steve O’Steen.--Daniel Evans

Morgan Academy senior softball player Margaret Mims signed Monday to play collegiately at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City. Margaret signed with her parents Mark and Mary Margaret by her side in the front row. Behind them are Morgan Academy head coach Ed Miller and Chattahoochee Valley head coach Steve O’Steen.–Daniel Evans

By Derek Thompson

The Selma Times-Journal

Morgan Academy’s Margaret Mims signed with Chattahoochee Valley Community College Monday after finishing with a 21-10 record for the Senators in 2015.

“It means a lot because I’ve worked so hard to play on the next level,” Mims said. “I started pitching when I was 12 or 13. I’ve been wanting to play college ball and now I can.”

Mims finished the season with a 1.963 ERA and 164 strikeouts while managing to stay healthy and pitch through 34 of her team’s 37 games.

She said her key to fending off the abuse of pitching that often, has been pulling tires at practice under the drill of head coach Ed Miller.

“We work really hard at practice,” Mims said. “I was out there every summer, Monday through Friday, pulling and pitching with coach Miller. If coach Miller hadn’t helped me I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Miller said he made the players who were late for practice pull tires, but the workout turned into something Mims did regularly to strengthen her legs.

“Margaret got up to where she was pulling two full tires behind her,” Miller said.

“She would go 50 yards pulling tires then turn around and come back. You do that eight times and then go pitch; your legs have had an incredible workout. It’s not easy. I tried it myself one time and it will kick you.”

Miller said the car tires that Mims uses are the biggest ones he could find at the store.

Putting a rope around your waist and running with a tire attached to a rope behind you may not sound like a normal key to success for some players and coaches, but it is just that for Mims.

“Margaret is an extremely hard working person,” Miller said. “We’ll go out there in the summer time and she’ll go out there and pull tires to get in shape and then we will go do our pitching drills. She will work on long toss, she’ll work on speed, she’ll work on breaking balls and then she’ll finish up pulling tires again.”