Posted: Tuesday, 02 July 2013 6:05PM

1 Awards: Ozarks Nimmo has eye on SEC



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Ozark’s Brittany Nimmo is constantly thinking ahead. She wants to do whatever it takes today to achieve her goals tomorrow, and she has had this mindset her entire softball career.

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This dedication to preparation is what earned her an outstanding season in 2012.

“Last season was my favorite season so far,” Nimmo said. “The goal was to win state and everybody committed to doing their part.”

Nimmo certainly didn’t hold back when it came to doing her part. At the plate she boasted a .470 batting average with six home runs and 31 RBI. She was even more impressive on the mound, going 11-3 with 98 strikeouts and a 1.94 ERA.  Her efforts earned her first team all-state honors.

The Tigers ended up losing in the Class 4 state title game. While they fell short of their ultimate goal, they managed to prove to themselves that they can get to the end. They can’t wait to have another shot at it this fall.

“Making it to the state championship game made us all realize how far we had come as a team,” Nimmo said. “I feel great about next season. Getting second place this season is going to make us work harder for next season.”

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This breakout season has been in the making for Brittany since she started playing baseball in first grade. She transitioned from baseball to softball when she moved to Ozark in third grade. She showed a clear knack for the game, but she really found her calling when she started to pitch in the fourth grade.  

“I liked always having the ball in my hand, I was always in control,” Nimmo said. “It played to my competitiveness. I didn’t like allowing hits, it just made me mad, and that would make me do better.”

As she gained more experience on the hill, she started to think ahead to the next level of competition in high school. She established what she had to do in order to stand out for the Tigers.
 
“I figured out who I wanted to be and how hard I wanted to work in junior high,” Nimmo said. “I established that I wanted to play college ball.”

She hit the ground running when she arrived in high school. For the first time in her career, she was able to evaluate herself against a much higher level of competition. From this experience, she formed a constructive criticism of her game.

“I was excited for high school because I wanted to see where I stood,” Nimmo said. “I was able to compare myself to others to see how much more I needed to work to get noticed by colleges.”

All of the work paid off in a big way when she made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Georgia. Now that she has that working for her, all that is left to do is win a state championship in her remaining time at Ozark. With an experienced squad returning, Nimmo is confident that the Tigers will be in the running in 2013.

“I am confident we can go back to state next year and I think we have a good shot at winning it,” Nimmo said. “We will be working hard to make sure of it.”

Getting to know Brittany Nimmo
Favorite athlete? Megan Langenfeld (graduated UCLA pitcher/hitter)
Favorite team? University of Georgia Bulldogs
Pregame superstitions? I learned a long time ago that superstitions don't help. It comes down to how prepared you are.
Most disliked athlete? Don't have one.
Favorite movie? Despicable Me
Favorite musical artist? MercyMe
Favorite actor? Robert Downey Jr
Favorite athletic memory? Playing in the State Championship with my high school teammates.
Song on your iPod you are ashamed of? High School Musical, We're All in This Together :)
Hidden talent? Singing
 

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