By Andrew Glover
PERRY, Okla. —
The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons entered the Perry 3A softball regional tournament as clear underdogs — being the only team with a losing record. After losing to the No. 3 Washington Lady Warriors 7-1, P-T beat the No. 10 Alva Lady Goldbugs to keep its season alive Wednesday.
“We competed well with Washington, too, just made a couple errors,” P-T coach Carla Fuss said. “Against Alva we had a couple ups and downs. If we pounded them a couple innings earlier we wouldn’t have ended up so nervous. It’s a great win for my girls. Our record may not be as good as the other three teams out here but our schedule is just as tough.”
The Lady Demons (16-22) will face the Perry Lady Maroons (26-16) for the consolation finals at noon Thursday. The winner will face Washington (20-8) at 2 p.m. for the finals.
Perkins-Tryon took an early lead against Alva without even swinging the bat. Macey Hall walked and Daysha Smith was hit with the bases loaded — scoring Jessica Howard and McKenzie Martin. A wild pitch scored Rylee Wilson. In the second inning, P-T scored on an error by Alva’s centerfielder Kally Gordon. The Lady Demons wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the sixth.
Alva (25-8) got a run in the third when Natalie Seevers hit a single to score Rozlynn Murrow. The Lady Goldbugs added a run in the fourth and fifth to cut P-T’s lead to one.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Demons put the game away. Kallie Jones hit a double to score Kylee Fowler. Bailey Aldridge hit a two-run double to increase the lead to four. Perkins capped the inning with another run. In the seventh, pitcher Mykelti Shelton pitched a fairly uneventful inning to secure the win.
“She was on fumes and found a will and way to win,” Fuss said. “She is an amazing player. That was all guts. Alva is a good team. They showed proof that they could hit it.”
At the beginning of the day Washington got the best of the Lady Demons. P-T only got one hit and scored its only run on a steal of home by Jeri Adkism. Washington took the lead in the third inning. Brittany Ball and Dagan Lampkin hit RBI doubles. The big blow of the inning was a two-run home run to left by Brooke Rains. The Lady Warriors added three more runs in the fifth to put the game away.
The Perry Lady Maroons opened the day with a 4-0 victory over Alva. Ally Reese and Makayla Patton combined for the shutout with Reese picking up the win. Coach Bryan Hayes said they pitched well and hit well.
“Tabitha Diaz hit a two-run single with the bases loaded. We got some runs moving station to station on singles,” Hayes said. “Reese and Patton did a good job pitching.”
Against Washington, it was a different story for Perry as it lost 13-2 with the game being called in the bottom of the sixth due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Reese started and only lasted an inning and pitched to a couple batters in the second. Washington took the lead when Reese overthrew the first baseman allowing Aly Clemence to score. Dagan Lampkin tripled and added to Washington’s lead. The Lady Warriors led 3-0 after the first inning.
The Lady Maroon bats struggled as they struck out 13 times in six innings. The only spurt of offense Perry had was in the bottom of the six. Reese walked, Patton singled, Tabitha Diaz walked. Kaytlyn Bregge hit a two-run single to score Perry’s only runs.
“We didn’t compete well at the plate,” Hayes said. “Washington is fast and there is no slump for speed.”
The Lady Warriors had plenty of extra base hits as Clemence tripled and hit a 3-run inside-the-park home run to win the game. Lampkin also tripled and Allison Wells and Brenna Busby doubled.
Wells got the win in both games to lead the Lady Warriors to the regional championship. The winner of Perry and Perkins-Tryon will face Washington at 2 p.m. Thursday. If Perry or Perkins wins they will play a decisive game at 4 p.m.
Pawnee loses to Luther, beats Wellston
DALE — It wasn't exactly a banner day for the Pawnee girls softball team, but one thing remains true: The Lady Bears are still alive.
After dropping the first game of the regional tournament 4-0 to Luther, Pawnee bounced back with a walk-off 2-1 win over Wellston in nine innings.
"(Wellston) is a solid team," Pawnee coach Chad Tsotigh said. "We just couldn't get the bats going. We couldn't string too many hits in a row, but we did what we needed to."
Justice Waters had the walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth, driving in Hannah Burkett to keep the season alive. Haylee Van Deventer picked up the win for Pawnee.
Prior to playing Wellston, Pawnee (23-13) had its struggles against Luther. The Lady Bears fell behind early 1-0 before Luther exploded for three runs in the fifth, while the Pawnee bats went quiet.
"It was just a bunch of things — a walk, a hit batter an error," Tsotigh said of the three-run fifth. "There wasn't anything major. It just wasn't a good inning for us."
Pawnee will play Luther Thursday in the consolation finals, with the winner advancing to play Dale immediately after.