10/9/2013 7:00:00 PM Softballers earn runner-up spot in regional event
Perkins-Tryon designated player Daysha Smith clubs a two-run double as part of a four-run first inning against the Perry Lady Maroons in last Thursday’s elimination game of the Class 3A regional tournament at Perry. The Lady Demons run-ruled the host Lady Maroons 12-0 but lost in the championship finals to Washington to finish as the regional runner-up.
Journal photo by Rick Lomenick
By Rick Lomenick, Journal Sports Editor
PERRY - Perkins-Tryon's softball team turned a lot of heads during last week's Class 3A regional tournament at Perry. The Lady Demons claimed a solid second place finish in the four-team event losing to Washington 16-2 in the championship finals.
P-T entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed in the tournament but finished with a 2-2 record with the only losses to the state tournament-bound Lady Warriors. The Lady Demons finish the season with a 17-23 record.
In the finals, Washington broke open an early tied game with 15 runs over the final four innings for the 16-2 win. The Lady Demons would have had to beat WHS twice to win the regional tournament.
After Washington got on the board in the top of the first inning, P-T tied the score in the bottom of the frame. Jeri Adkism led off with a walk then stole second base. One out later, she went to third on a sacrifice fly by McKenzie Martin. Adkism was score on a wild pitch.
Both teams went scoreless in the second inning before Washington took the lead for good in the third with a four-run outburst. Three runs were scored in each the fourth and fifth frames with the sixth inning adding five more scores.
P-T's final run came in the bottom of the fourth when Jessica Howard led off with a walk. She went to third on Bailey Aldridge's double the promptly scored on a Lady Warrior error. Howard also had the other P-T hit with a single in the sixth inning.
In an elimination game earlier in the day, P-T hammered the host Lady Maroons with a 12-0 verdict in five innings. P-T clobbered 13 hits in the game and pitcher Mykelti Shelton, who was battling a sore arm, earned a five-hit shutout win.
The Lady Demons opened with four runs in the top of the first inning on four hits. The big blow was a two-run double from Daysha Smith that gave P-T a 4-0 advantage. Adkism led off with a walk then went to second on Howard's infield single. Aldridge singled to left field to score Adkism while Rylee Wilson's base hit up the middle plated Howard. Aldridge and Wilson scored on Smith's two-bagger.
Two more runs followed in the fourth when Kylie Fowler led off with a single then scored on Kylie Jones' double. Jones scored two outs later when Martin doubled to left for a 6-0 score.
P-T sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth frame and from that came six runs on five hits to earn the run-rule win. Perry put forth a mild threat in the bottom of the inning but a game-ending double play stopped it. Perry's only serious scoring threat came in the fourth inning with runners at second and third with two outs. However, a fly ball out ended the inning.
Howard, Aldridge, Macey Hall, and Jones each had two hits for the Lady Demons.
The Lady Demons opened the tournament last Wednesday with a 7-1 loss to Washington. P-T was held without a hit but managed to use other means to score its lone run in the sixth inning.
Adkism led off with a walk then went to second after Howard was hit by a pitch. Adkism later scored on a wild pitch. Washington broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the third and three more in the fifth for the win.
P-T first upset of the tournament came in the ensuing elimination game with Alva. The Lady Demons held on for an 8-3 win.
A three-run first inning set the tone for P-T with another run added in the second for a 4-0 advantage. Alva chipped away with single runs in the top of the third, fifth, and sixth frames to pull to within a run at 4-3.
P-T put the game away with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning on five hits. P-T then shut down the Lady Bugs in order in the top of the seventh for the win.
The Lady Demons closed out the regular season with an 11-1 loss at Mannford last Monday.
P-T held an early 1-0 lead but the Lady Pirates rallied with four runs in the bottom of the first, three more in the second and third frames and one in the fourth for the run-rule win.