Catch me if you can

HOPE — Speed kills. And Leslie Sims is about as deadly as they come.

For the past three-plus seasons, the Hauser softball senior has been a nightmare for opposing pitchers and catchers. It’s bad enough that Sims gets on base as often as she does — she’s batting well above .600 for her career — but once she gets on, it’s unlikely that she’s sitting still for long.

As a freshman, Sims set the state’s single-season record with 72 stolen bases. She added 59 as a sophomore and 48 as a junior to break Indiana’s all-time mark of 176, set by Gabrielle Richey of Loogootee.

Sims is at 182 career steals after the first two games of her senior season, and there’s no telling how many she’ll have by the time the Jets, who are ranked No. 1 in Class A after winning the state championship a year ago, finish their season.

It takes a thief

A year-by-year look at Leslie Sims on the basepaths:

Season;Stolen Bases

2013;72*

2014;59

2015;48

2016;3 (through April 9)

Total;182*

* – state record

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.