EDMOND — In the world of high school softball, there are lots of great players.

EDMOND — In the world of high school softball, there are lots of great players.

But it takes a special kind of person to be remembered for their actions and their personalities.

Ringling’s Kassidy Perkins and Turner’s Rylee Carter weren’t just important pieces for their respective programs, but if you ask their coaches, it was who they were as people which stands out the most to them.

This past Saturday at the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-State games at Oklahoma Christian University, both Ringling coach Steve Pybas and Turner coach Shane Hill got to not only escort their proud All-Staters on the field, but watch them showcase their talents one last time.

“Kassidy was very deserving to be selected as an All-State player,” Pybas said. “I’m so proud of her and all of her accomplishments not just this season but her entire career at Ringling. She was the type of player that you wanted to have at the plate with the game on the line.”

“As good of a player as she (Kassidy) was, she’s an even better person,” Pybas added. “I’ve been extremely blessed to have gotten to coach her the last four years. She was an amazing player who is an amazing reflection of her family, who are wonderful people in their own right.”

Known for her strong character off the field and her amazing talents on the field, Perkins was always one to watch while wearing the Ringling blue.

This season, the standout who is simply known as “Kass” around Ringling saved one of her best performances for the last year she was a Lady Blue Devils player.

Perkins finished with a .435 batting average to go with a .490 on base percentage. In total she had 37 hits with 35 RBI along with 25 runs scored. She also collected 10 doubles and four triples. 

Her .968 fielding percentage was one of the best in the area, which led her to be named as the 2017-18 All-Ardmoreite Defensive Player of the Year for softball. 

In her final contest of wearing Ringling blue, Perkins got to share the stage with another player in blue, Rylee Carter from Turner.

Carter’s resume while a member of the Lady Falcons speaks for itself from a team standpoint.

She was able to be apart of multiple trips to the state tournament in fast and slow pitch, including making the state semifinals in her senior year.

Known for her natural athletic ability on the softball field and the basketball court, Carter never left any doubt that she always gave it her all no matter what she was playing at Turner.

“After watching Rylee at All-State, there was no doubt on my mind she belonged on that field,” Hill said. “I gave her a challenge at Turner to not drop the ball as far as continuing the tradition we have athletically being successful. She accepted that challenge with open arms and helped bring so much success to our program in softball and Turner athletics in general.”

During her senior season, Carter finished with a .391 batting average with a .477 on base percentage. She had 36 hits this season with 10 RBI and scored 50 runs for the Lady Falcons.

While their coaches had plenty of praise for them as players, both Perkins and Carter each had their own special sentiments to share about the people who have guided them these last four years.

“I’m going to miss my team being my extended family at Ringling,” Perkins said. “Not getting to be around coach Pyabs is going to be devastating for me. We all grow up though and I know they are all very proud of me.”

“I’m going to miss playing with all my girls at Turner,” Carter said. “There’s a lot I’m going to miss about coach Hill in general, but mainly just how ornery he was about everything.”

With their high school careers now over, both Perkins and Carter will be moving onto college.

Perkins plans to attend Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, with plans to become a teacher. She also mentioned there’s a possibility she could try and walk on with the SOSU softball team next year.

Meanwhile, Carter will be suiting up for the Murray State College softball team in Tishomingo this fall.

“I just feel like I have to prove myself,” Carter said. “I’m looking forward to working hard and showing I have what it takes to play at the next level when I go to Murray.”