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Perry, Martin sign with Eastern Oklahoma 11/9/21

Perry, Martin sign with Eastern Oklahoma 

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Two of Alma softball coach Charla Parrish’s big pieces signed letters of intent with Eastern Oklahoma State College this week. 


For Taelynn Perry, the team’s power-hitting third baseman, it’s almost as if all she needs to do now is move in. 


First up, however, is her senior season. 


Perry and Martin combined for seven homers, 25 doubles, and 57 runs batted in during the Lady Airedales’ 2021 season.


“She (Parrish) kind of moved us around a lot last year,” Perry said. “Martin’s more of a big hitter; she’s going to deliver a big homer or a double. I’m more of a consistent singles hitter, and it seemed like every time I batted Martin was always on third base. When Martin’s up to bat you know she’s going to get a big hit, too.”


Perry believes she’s a natural fit with the Lady Mountaineers.


“When I went to hit, there was a calm aura about it,” Perry said. “When she (Eastern head coach Kendra Whisenhunt told me there were things I needed to work on, (but) she was still nice about it, and I felt like she came at me in a pretty good way. 


“I feel really comfortable there.”


Perry said she is relieved to have her scholarship signing out of the way. 


“I think it’s good that we got it done,” Perry said. There are other scholarships that could add to her Eastern Oklahoma State College scholarship. 


“Getting it done, it feels like all we have to do is move in.”


McKenzie Martin


McKenzie Martin slugged her way to four home runs and helped the team to an amazing 20 wins during Alma’s 2021 softball season. This week, she signed with Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, Okla. 


Martin said she plans to major in Criminal Justice and picked Eastern because of its high transfer rate. “I know in two years I’ll want to keep playing,” she said. 


Martin said the early signing period will allow for an easier spring season. 


“I think it's really good that I got it done before Christmas and know that I'm set for college. I can go the rest of the year knowing I have college set and knowing everything is paid for."


Martin took over as one of coach Charla Parrish’s go-to conference pitchers, fashioning a 2.24 earned run average and a stellar 14-6 record. Her resume included a victory over Greenwood. 


She was even better at the dish, belting out a team-high 16 doubles, four homers, and driving in 25 runs. She might have had RBI had it not been for the team’s potent lineup. 


“Last year meant a lot because my sophomore year we didn't get much of a season,” she said. “I decided to work harder, we had good players, and I improved a lot.


“I was proud of my batting average, but this year I intend on improving it and hopefully getting a few more home runs.”


Martin said she’s enjoyed played playing for Parrish, a no-nonsense coach who does things the right way. 


“It means a lot playing for Allma,” Martin said. “Coach Parrish teaches us good softball skills and skills for life, so it means a lot.”