EDMOND — It’s no secret there was plenty of success in the area during the 2017-18 fast pitch softball season.

EDMOND — It’s no secret there was plenty of success in the area during the 2017-18 fast pitch softball season.

Saturday afternoon however proved to be the icing on the cake to that success.

A total of eight players from six different schools were represented during the 2018 Oklahoma Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-State games, which were held at Tom Heath Field on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. 

In the small school contest, Turner’s Rylee Carter and Ringling’s Kassidy Perkins helped lead a furious rally for the West team, who came back from a 10-5 deficit to win 14-12. 

Perkins registered an RBI single and scored a run in the contest, while Carter had a pair of hits in the game which included an RBI single while also scoring a run. 

“This was a very exciting experience for me,” Perkins said. “I never thought I’d get the chance to wear the Ringling blue again, so this was a lot of fun for me today.”

For Carter, she echoed the same thoughts, adding it was a lot of fun getting to be teammates with girls she’s gotten to play against these last few years.

“It was a lot of fun getting to come together with girls you’ve played against all four years,” she said. “This was a really great experience for me and I enjoyed it.”

In the middle school contest, it was another high scoring affair, but in the end it was the West team winning by a score of 15-10.

Helping anchor the victory was Lone Grove’s Brooklyn Mason and Taleigh Nail, along with Davis’ Sydney Martin and Plainview’s Rylee Keith.

Davis head coach Tyler Lampkin also served as an assistant coach during the middle school game.

Another Lady Horns player in attendance in the dugout was Sami Skelly. However, Skelly was not medically cleared to play in the game as her surgically repaired knee has not fully recovered from offseason surgery.

Despite not being given the chance to take the field, the experience was still fun for the OU bound Skelly.

“All-State is something you work for during your four years of playing,” she said. “Softball has been apart of my life since I was seven years old and I love it so much. Getting to be recognized one last time before I go to college was a big deal to me.”

Her teammates more than picked up the slack for her as Brooklyn Mason registered an RBI and a pair of singles, while Martin also registered an RBI in the contest. Nail and Keith also played solidly defensively in the field at various positions to help solidify the victory.

“It was pretty awesome getting this type of honor today,” Martin said about All-State. “This has been a long time dream of mine. It felt great getting to play alongside some of the best players in the state.”

For Keith, who will now be moving on to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, she said the game was as fun as she expected it would be, along with the overall experience.

“It’s so fun playing on a team with the best girls in the state,” she said. “Plus you get to make friends with those same girls so the overall experience for me was just amazing and a lot of fun for me.”

“I just feel very blessed today,” Nail said about her experience at All-State. “This was a huge honor for me getting this opportunity and I was very excited to get to play one last game with my teammates.”

For Mason the experience was one last hoorah in a Lone Grove uniform before she will suit up for Oklahoma Baptist University this fall.

“Only a handful of players get to play in this game,” she said. “It’s really a blessing to be chosen to play in this game. I feel very fortunate that I got to wear this Lone Grove uniform one last time.”

Speaking of Oklahoma Baptist University, Mason’s future teammate/roommate was also shining bright at the All-State party on Saturday.

Ardmore’s own Lexi Duff played in the large school contest consisting of 5A-6A schools, with her own sister and Ardmore head coach Charli Crawford serving as an assistant coach. 

Duff finished her last game in a Lady Tigers uniform in style going 2-for-3 at the plate. She also threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts as the West team cruised to a 24-4 victory.

“This game feels like the biggest blessing ever in my life,” Duff said. “It’s been a huge honor for me and I’m very thankful to have gotten to come here. For me it’s been interesting getting to be teammates with all these girls I’ve played against these last few years from other schools. There’s no riff though, we’re just all laughing and joking and that makes it a lot of fun.”