WASHINGTON — There were many nights the lights at the Washington softball field were found on the past few years even without a game being played.
Each time, Allison Wells was improving.
The senior pitcher spent those nights practicing in left field with her parents, Dale and Tammie, and even sometimes having disagreements. But that paid off in a big way for Wells this season as she rose from a part-time pitcher, to team ace, to state champion and now to The Oklahoman's Little All-City Player of the Year.
“I will admit sometimes I didn't want to go throw, but my mom especially made me go outside and throw a lot of times,” Wells said. “Thank goodness she did or I wouldn't be anywhere near where I was today.”
Wells posted a 1.35 earned run average and struck out 162 batters while winning 19 games. She was also dominant in the state tournament, where she allowed just four hits and helped her team overcome a deficit in each game.
“The biggest thing with her this season was her ability to lead the other 21 (teammates),” Washington coach Bryan Howard said. “We didn't have a superstar, so she kind of turned into that superstar. They never felt like they were going to lose, which they didn't often when she threw.”