The weather couldn't have been much nicer for the start of the 2017 high school softball season Tuesday, but unfortunately for Aberdeen, the defending Class 1A state champs were first up on the schedule.
The game, played in Aberdeen due to unplayable conditions in Perryville, was a decently played opener for both teams, won by the Panthers, 6-2.
Perryville scratched across single runs in the first and second innings, before plating three in the fourth and one more in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Perryville pitchers, senior Emily Phillips and sophomore Mara Little, combined on a one-hitter, striking out 11 and walking just two.
"It was a new experience and I'm really excited to see where the rest of the season goes, because I'm really excited about the team and what we'll have," Zimmerman said. "I was a little nervous at the beginning, but once I got that hit, it finally calmed my nerves a little bit, I feel like I settled in a little bit more."
Zimmerman scored the second run when Greico reached safely on an errant throw to first.
The Panthers final run came with Little doubling and her courtesy runner coming in to score on a Meekins ground out.
Meekins had three hits to lead the Panthers nine-hit attack. Little finished with two.
Greico allowed all nine hits in the loss, while walking four. She struck out eight.
C. Milton Wright opened its season at IAAM power Archbishop Spalding, the area's #1 ranked team. The Mustangs walked away with a five-run, 7-2 victory.
Katie Murphy stuck out six, while giving up four hits in the win. Junior Michelle Cisco aided the offense with a solo home run that put the Mustangs ahead for good.
CMW scored twice in the third and Spalding came back to tie it with two runs in the fifth.
Cisco's blast came leading off the sixth, the first long ball of her high school career.
The Mustangs put the game away in the seventh, pushing across four more runs. Emily Kim's third hit of the game ignited the rally. Lexi Childress, Cassidy Cochran and Breanna Miller had RBI hits in the inning.
Huskies lose opener
Patterson Mill was beaten in its opener by visiting North East, 12-2.