Abby Perkins sat at a table in Sneads Auditorium last Friday afternoon with family, friends, coaches, teammates and classmates gathered around her to witness her signing her way to continue her softball playing days. Wallace Community College saw Perkins play and liked what they saw.
Other colleges of interest were Gulf Coast Community College, Andrews, Enterprise and Daytona State but Perkins said Wallace was where she was happiest, “The first time I went there to work out, I just felt at home when I got there. I felt really good about it.”
Perkins played middle school at Grand Ridge Middle School before moving to Sneads High School. She has played under coach Shawn Graham for the last three years and played under veteran and now retired from softball coach Kelvin Johnson her freshman year.
Perkins home spot on the field is shortstop but has played a little second base also. In 19 games this year, Perkins has a .795 fielding percentage. At the plate, she’s been nothing short of outstanding. She has a .407 batting average in 59 at bats. She has a .514 on base percentage with a .677 slugging percentage. She has scored 27 runs, had 24 hits, including two doubles and 12 RBIs. She has been issued 13 free passes by way of walks and has taken one for the team five times.
Coach Shawn Graham couldn’t be happier for his player, “Abby is a spectacular kid, I can’t think of a better person. She plays the game like you’re supposed to. She plays it with a lot of heart and she’s her own worst critic at times. She is a great athlete. We are blessed to have her and we are sure going to miss her but are definitely glad she’s getting to achieve her dream of playing college softball.”
Perkins is undecided about what she will major in at college but as honor student at Sneads High, she’s certain to be a success. Perkins is an all-A student and member of the Beta Club.
Abby is very grateful for where she is today and readily thanks those who have helped her get to where she is, “All my coaches, my mom, my dad, Aurlee (sister) and God.”
Abby is the daughter of Jeremy and Brandi Perkins. Besides Aurlee, she an older sister and a younger brother.