But don’t be surprised if Sills winds up in a dugout nearby in a few years. He was raised on baseball, and his greatest contribution to Faith’s season might have signaled a future in coaching.
“The best thing about Alex was, he was such a great leader,” first-year Faith coach Jeff Musser said. “He helped the young kids. He stayed after practice to help the young kids and so on.”
Sills certainly had the numbers to be The Anniston Star’s Calhoun County player of the year for Class 1A-2A schools. He hit .572 with three home runs, two doubles and 18 RBIs. On the mound, he was 7-4 with a 2.29 ERA and 98 strikeouts. He also played shortstop when not pitching.
“I think he made one error the whole year,” Musser said.
With numbers like that, one might suppose Sills would be playing in college soon. That’s not his idea.
“Probably not,” he said. “I think I’m done. I’m just going to experience college for a little bit and not have to do baseball 24/7.”
But his experience being the lone senior on a young Faith team just might have set him on a career path back to baseball someday, as a coach.
“I’m definitely considering it,” he said. “All year, I really enjoyed helping out the younger guys and being, like, a coach on the field and from the dugout, when I could.
“I always enjoyed doing that.”