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WC Pitcher wraps up Successful Coyote Career

There are so many ways in which Weatherford College’s Katy Simon became the softball player she is today – which happens to be one of the best in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference.

6 KatySimonSimon began playing softball by watching her mother play. She began playing against boys and taught herself how to pitch.

“My mom played softball when she was in high school, so basically that’s how I started playing,” Simon said. “I started playing T-ball with the little boys when I was 4. Then, when I was 5, I started playing softball and have been playing ever since.

“I started out just throwing a ball at the wall. I never had a pitching coach until I was 16 years old. I basically taught myself how to pitch.”

So she fit right in as part of the NTJCAC and Region V, which features a lot of great pitching.

“Pitching in a conference this tough only means that you have to work harder as an athlete, which comes down to pushing yourself and motivating yourself that you can beat anyone out there,” she said.

And Simon did. She was a major reason the Coyotes finished second in the conference with a 23-9 record (35-16 overall) and went 2-2 in the postseason tournament.

“Katy was spectacular for us this year,” Coyotes coach Haylee Williams said. “She didn’t always get a ton of run support and had to throw a number of shutouts. She grew up so much since last year as a pitcher and person. I am very proud of her and happy for her success.”

Simon comes from an athletic family. Her dad played football in high school, her brother was in several high school sports and her mother was a softball standout.

Being from Montgomery, she was drawn to both the competitive success of the Weatherford College softball team, along with the friendly community, where she also has family.

“I’m a big homebody, and my aunt and cousins live in Weatherford, so when WC offered me, I took it,” Simon said.

It wasn’t long before Simon endeared herself to the locals. This season she was named second-team All-Conference, along with earning the league’s Player of the Week honors April 8-14. In that week she made five appearances, going 4-0 with a save, allowing just two earned runs with eight strikeouts in 20.2 innings – including a win over then No. 15 McLennan.

“I was really excited and knew I was going to make my parents proud,” she said.

Along with success as a starter, she also had some impressive relief appearances.

“Relief isn’t my best appearance but I have been impressed with the way I have come in and done my job this year,” she said. “And it’s all about having your teammates’ back and picking them up.”

After two years at WC, Simon isn’t sure if she’s going to continue playing at the university level next season. She hasn’t committed anywhere, though several schools are looking at her.

“I am studying radiology because I want to go into the medical field,” she said. “There are always jobs open in the medical field.”