Billingsley’s Primm selected to AHSAA North-South All-Star Softball Game   

Published 12:16 pm Monday, June 3, 2024

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By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

Billingsley High School’s Sadie Primm started her softball journey later in life, but it has skyrocketed quickly and now includes a spot in the AHSAA North-South All-Star Softball Game. Primm was selected as a member of the South All-Star Team for the game earlier in May and will join 17 other highly talented players on the team to take on the North squad. The softball game will be amongst the festivities of the 28th annual AHSAA North-South All-Star Week from July 15-19 in Montgomery.

“It was a complete shock, but I am so grateful for it,” Primm said. “I was very, very surprised because I had seen things about it, but I was like ‘I will never make it that far,’ and it was just a dream and goal.”

In 2020, Primm’s mother made her tryout for the Billingsley softball team when she was in seventh grade against her daughter’s wishes. Primm made the team, but when she started playing softball she struggled, having the first ball she attempted to field in right field slip through her legs. However, the hard work and dedication from Primm to her craft helped her skyrocket in ability. The addition of her playing travel softball last summer also contributed to her improvement, but it was mainly focused on Primm’s ability to work when she did not want to. She fought through the days where she did not want to practice or train, and that attitude eventually landed her a spot on the South All-Star Team.

“When I have those days where I do not want to get up or do anything, I just set my mind right and I go and do it, and I get it done,” Primm said. “I hate being lazy, so getting up and knowing I am working hard for what I have makes me feel good about myself.”

The rising senior catcher received the news she was selected to the team while with her dad at the batting cages. Billingsley head softball coach Dustin Jones let her know that he sent her name in before the start of the 2024 season, and that she was one of the players selected by the committee and will represent the Bears’ program on a statewide stage.

The validation for not only Primm, but for all Class 1A schools, is special for her as one of the only Class 1A representatives during the entire All-Star Week.

“Knowing that people look at little 1A (schools), and people seeing the girls that work hard there is definitely paying off, and I am very grateful for the opportunity,” Primm said. “(Softball) is all pretty much new still, and it is like a home away from home, every girl feels like a sister and you make tight friendships you never thought you would have. I love the physical fitness it has on your body as well, especially catching, but the community (of softball) is the main thing. Becoming sisters with girls you have never met before and cheering them on. I really thank God for everything I have, and bringing him into the game too. I had a hidden talent I did not know about, and I thank him for it.”