Alex Perren’s strong sophomore campaign in 2018 didn’t come as a surprise to her or her head coach, Gary Ivy. After all, Perren did put up video game-like numbers a season ago as a freshman for Oak Grove.
After batting .451 as a freshman, Perren increased her average to .458 as a sophomore. She went from 32 hits to 38, and also from 18 RBI to 30. Truth be told, she expected an even bigger jump with those stats.
“I honestly think I could’ve done better, because I started the season off down,” said Perren. “Then I ended strong.”
With Perren leading the way offensively, the Oak Grove Lady Warriors turned in a strong season, going 20-6 on their way to the Region 5-6A title and the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. For her individual success and contributions to her team’s successful season, Perren has been named our Sports601 Hattiesburg-Area Softball Player of the Year.
“I can’t think of another person in this area that deserves it more,” said Ivy. “Alex is a good athlete that is really bright. The one thing I always like about Alex is that she’s very coachable. She’s absorbing information all the time and wants to get better. If you’re not telling her something, she’s asking you something. It’s a pleasure to coach those kind of kids.”
“It means a lot. I was not expecting this at all,” added Perren. “I was just putting forth the effort and it showed in the games.”
Perren attributes most of her accomplishments to her twin sister, Lauren, who she plays alongside with at Oak Grove.
“She [Lauren] is probably the reason I had the numbers that I had this season,” said Perren. “She supported me probably the most out of everybody on the team. She’s always been there as my number one supporter.”
With the 2018 season having come and gone, Perren is preparing for a busy summer, which includes plenty of softball with her travel ball team. After that, she’ll gear up for what’s sure to be a season with even higher expectations in 2019.
“We don’t wanna put too much added pressure on her, but I think she’s the kind of person that will shoulder it and wants to improve so much,” said Ivy. “I have no doubts that she’ll repeat.”