Junior Jessica Howard will anchor the center fi eld position for the Lady Demons as the fall fast-pitch softball season got underway earlier this week. P-T will be in tournament action at Cushing beginning tonight. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick Journal Sports Editor
Perkins-Tryon's Lady Demons will face their first tournament action beginning today at Cushing with a schedule that has been modified from the original format.
Two teams dropped out of the Cushing Fall Classic softball tournament. Now, the remaining eight teams will play each other to reach a champion. The Lady Demons will play their first game against Depew at 6 p.m. on Field 2. The second game of the night will be at 7:30 p.m. on Field 4 against the host Lady Tigers.
On Friday, P-T plays Morris at 6 p.m. on Field 3 and Drumright at 7:30 p.m. on Field 1. Saturday's action starts at 10 a.m. against Agra on Field 1 followed by an 11:30 a.m. game against Pawnee on Field 3. The Lady Demons' fi nal game will be at 2 p.m. against Pawhuska on Field 3.
Agra starts at 6 o'clock tonight against Cushing on Field 4 then will play Pawnee on Field 1 at 7: 30. On Friday, the Lady Bearcats face Pawhuska at 6 p.m. on Field 2 then play Depew on Field 3 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's games for Agra are at 10 a.m. against P-T on Field 1, then at 11: 30 a.m. against Morris on Field 1. Agra's last game is at 2 p.m. against Drumright.
The championship criteria leads off with overall event record, followed by head to head competition. It will then goes to fewest runs allowed (total), Most runs scored (total), and coin toss.
P-T squeezed in one scrimmage before starting the season. The Lady Demons traveled to Crescent recently for a seveninning affair with the Lady Tigers. The first five innings were for the varsity groups while the junior varsity players took to the field for the final two frames.
The Lady Demons won the varsity portion by a 4-3 score, said head coach Carla Fuss. While it was nice to have the run advantage, Fuss was concerned that 10 runners were left stranded on base.
Senior Mykelti Shelton pitched the first five innings with Kylee Fowler tossing the JV portion. Fuss was pleased with their work. She was also pleased by the solid defensive play of the infield. The outfield was also pretty good too.
Offensively, Fuss said her troops did a good job of running the bases. To coincide with the number of stranded runners, hitting was also something that needed some work.
"I told the girls I'm going to be happy if you're giving all your effort and you're improving all the time," Fuss said. "If we improve and get better every day, that's what makes a coach happy because you have to take care of the process and if we take care of the fundamental process, then the outcome will take care of itself.