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. Wyatt was age 3 when she watched her aunt play the game, and that was it. She was hooked. She begged her parents to let her play, but she was too little. When she turned 4, her quest began. And this last year is the one that has put her on the map as she is already receiving heavy interest from top universities. It’s the competition that drives her, she said. Wyatt got the best of most of the competition she had all season. Wyatt pitched 186 innings and gave up a mere 13 earned runs. She had 276 strikeouts and posted a 28-3 record as the Dragons reached the 3A state championship game before losing to Caney Valley. Purcell started the season 12-0 and finished the year at 33-3. "The start of the season was a real turning point for us,” Wyatt said. "The way we were clicking as a team – we knew we were going to be a part of something special. We want another chance.” With Purcell only losing one senior from this year’s team, 2010 can’t come soon enough for the Dragons.