All-Metro Class 1A-4A Softball Player of the Year: Alabama Christian's Caitlin Perry, 5-foot-5 sophomore

All-Metro Class 1A-4A Softball Player of the Year: Alabama Christian's Caitlin Perry, 5-foot-5 sophomore

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All-Metro Class 1A-4A Softball Player of the Year: Alabama Christian's Caitlin Perry, 5-foot-5 sophomore

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You’re the only pitcher

“We had one other pitcher, we had to bring her up from JV, but I was the main pitcher. I like to be in control so it was fun and having the defense I had was good. During the tournament, he put one of the other pitchers in and (the opponent) scored a couple of runs and I was like, ‘OK?’ He was like, ‘You know you need to rest.’ Knowing I was the only one, I had to work hard. I went to pitching lessons with (AUM pitching coach) Holly Currie, and she helped me prepare for it. I developed more pitches, like the screwball, and made my pitches more consistent.”

Reaching the state finals

“I thought we would. Our defense was good. We just knew we had to get a lot of practice in because we lost a lot of players from last year, so we knew we had to get up to that level to make it.”

How disappointing was it to wear down in the championship game after pitching 51 innings over two days?

“It was so disappointing, him coming out there to pull me. He knew I was done.”

Difference between Vipers and ACA?

“It is different. I have three more pitchers to help me out. And playing out there in front of the college coaches is fun. We play every weekend, and we practice twice a week and I have to drive to Birmingham, so it’s a commitment.”

Becoming the first father-daughter duo to earn player of the year honors after father Phillip was a two-time all-metro player at Jeff Davis in the mid-1980s

“He was a catcher so he catches me (in practice). He said he got it when he was a junior and senior and I got it before him, as a sophomore. I said, ‘Dad, I think I’m getting a little better than you.'”

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“She’s our workhorse. She wants the ball all the time. She wants to compete. You cannot take it from her.”


— Chris Goodman

Alabama Christian coach

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