RINGLING – Character is like good soup, it’s best homemade.

RINGLING – Character is like good soup, it’s best homemade.

The word character is also something immediately associated with Ringling Lady Blue Devils softball player Kassidy Perkins, as she is known for it on and off the field in her hometown.

“If you ask anyone around Ringling about Kassidy Perkins, the first thing they tell you is how great her character is,” Ringling coach Steve Pybas said. “She comes from a really good family, and has been a tremendous player for this program ever since she stepped into it during her middle school days.”

Around the small Southern Oklahoma town though, Perkins is simply known as “Kass.” But for the last four years, the Lady Blue Devils stand out has been better known for her tremendous play on the diamond, helping Ringling remain as one of the top programs in Class A.

This season, Perkins was a part of a squad which captured yet another district championship and made an appearance in the regional tournament. During her junior year, she helped lead the Lady Blue Devils all the way to the state semifinals in Oklahoma City.

After a successful career full of accolades in the blue and white, Perkins can add one more to her stellar resume, All-State player.

Perkins was named among this seasons selections of participants by the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Coaches Association for the annual All-State game which will take place in June on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. She will be representing the Small West squad along with Turner Lady Falcons member Rylee Carter.

“I was extremely excited when I found out I was named All-State,” Perkins said. “To be honest I didn’t think I was going to be named to the squad. Coach (Steve) Pybas pushed for me to be on it and I’m so thankful and appreciative.”

“Being here at Ringling and playing softball here has meant the world to me,” Perkins added. “I wouldn’t have wanted to go to any other school. Coach Pybas has taught me everything I know and put me in any position possible. He’s the greatest coach I could have ever asked for and he’s just been amazing to me.”

In her final season as a Lady Blue Devils player, Perkins finished with a .435 batting average to go with a .490 on base percentage. She collected 37 hits with 35 RBI and scored 25 runs to go with 10 doubles and four triples for the season. Perkins was also solid in the field, accumulating a .968 fielding percentage for the season.

“I’m so proud of the hard work Kassidy has put in all these years at Ringling,” Pybas said. “The great thing about her is that as great of a player as she is, she’s an even better person off the field. She’s very deserving of being named All-State and everyone in the school and community is so proud of her.”

While she is undecided on her college future for the time being, Perkins is now focused on getting to savor one last game wearing her beloved Ringling blue and white on a softball field.

“That was the one thing I’ve been looking forward to since being named All-State,” Perkins said about getting to represent Ringling. “I was so sad after my last game this season, and it’s just going to feel amazing to wear it one last time and go out there and play.”