By Andrew Glover
PERRY, Okla. —
With their season on the line, the Perkins-Tryon Demons hit early and often to rout the Perry Lady Maroons 12-0 but the No. 3 Washington Lady Warriors proved to be too much in the regional finals as P-T fell 16-2.
“We hit the ball well (against Perry),” Perkins-Tryon coach Carla Fuss said. “It’s just disappointing that we didn’t play better in the last game.”
The Lady Demons (17-23) jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to RBI singles by Bailey Aldridge and Rylee Wilson and a two-run double by Daysha Smith. Perry coach Bryan Hayes said his team did a horrible job competing.
“It think it’s the lowest point in my coaching career today,” Hayes said. “I’ve been coaching softball for 18 years and that was difficult. It wasn’t very good.”
Perkins-Tryon added to its lead in the fourth with RBI doubles by Kallie Jones that scored Kylee Fowler and McKenzie Martin which scored Jones. The Lady Demons clinched their spot in the regional championship with a six-run fifth inning.
In the circle, P-T senior Mykelti Shelton only allowed five hits and one walk in five innings. Perry started junior Makayla Patton, who only lasted three innings, giving up four runs with three earned. Senior Ally Reese pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up eight runs with seven earned. Alyssa Nation closed the game.
The Lady Maroons (26-17) will graduate three seniors — first baseman Tabitha Diaz, third baseman Kaytlyn Briegge and pitcher Ally Reese.
“I get a lot of girls that have a lot of experience this year back,” Hayes said. “Plus I get the girl back that’s been out all year. We should be experienced next year.”
Junior Mariah Ewy, who was supposed to be the No. 1 pitcher, broke her leg before the season started.
The regional final started close as Perkins-Tryon tied the game in the bottom of the first when senior Jeri Adkism scored on a wild pitch. The game remained tied until the third inning.
Washington’s Callie Busby hit a sacrifice fly. Brenna Busby hit an RBI single and Allison Wells hit a two-run single to put the Lady Warriors ahead 5-1.
Home runs by Dagan Lampkin, Brooke Rains and Wells scored four runs for Washington, which clinched the 10-run mercy rule with a five-run sixth. Wells earned the win in the circle.
“Washington is a good team,” Fuss said. “They can bunt the ball and hit the ball.”
The Lady Demons will graduate Shelton, Martin, Adkism and reserve Madison Driskel.
“We played a tough schedule and it helped prepare us for this week,” Fuss said. “I wish I would have won the game but I’m not disappointed in my girls, I’m proud of them.”