PURCELL — There was no question the Purcell softball team was going to be among the best teams in the state.
With a bevy of returning starters and almost all of them either juniors or sophomores, this was going to be the year for the Dragons.
That is, of course, if the team could find a pitcher. As a freshman, Kayla Wyatt only threw 42 innings and was 6-3.
As a sophomore, she was darn near untouchable. Mixing up speeds, posting shutout after shutout, Wyatt’s domination in the circle earns her the honor of The Oklahoman’s Little All-City Player of the Year.
Her season was a surprise to a lot of people, but Wyatt wasn’t one of them.
"I thought it was possible. I don’t really feel that much pressure,” Wyatt said. "I’m just so focused on what I have to do.”
Despite being a Class 3A team, Purcell played 19 games against teams in higher classes and went 17-2 in those contests. It was those types of performances, paced by Wyatt, that had the team No. 1 in the class all season.
"She’s very mature on the mound,” coach Jamie Roberts said. "The team relied on her all season. And more than anything else, she was consistent.”
Wyatt knew early she wanted to be a softball player.