Perry’s Charisma Walker signs with Middle Georgia State

Perry High School’s Charisma Walker just put her own “spin” on a college scholarship. That would be the correct and literal term, as she said that’s what Head Coach Ken Phillips liked most about her game, and in particular, her pitching.

To that end, Walker – after a visit/tryout to the school – was offered and signed a scholarship Friday at Perry to continue her education and playing career for the Lady Knights.

Just as exciting as the opportunity, she said, is the possibility – “probability” might even be a better word – “for me to go ahead and play next year, and I won’t have to necessarily wait my turn.” That, she said, is “because he has a pitcher leaving after this season, so there will be an opening for me.”

Walker has been playing softball since T-ball. From there it was 6U and “I’ve played ever since. I have loved the game ever since I started playing and continued to love the game more as I got older.”

Most recently, the senior student-athlete helped the Lady Panthers make it through two rounds of best two-out-of-three playoffs in the GHSA Class AAAA state softball tournament where it was then on to the Columbus Softball Complex to play in “the Show” of sorts – a milestone most teams set their sights on each year (in addition to a state championship of course). Perry managed two more contests from there before being eliminated.

Walker finished with a 2-4 record this year, and a 7.29 ERA, but when you’re second in innings pitched – 56.2 – you tend to face the best offenses. She also had an .824 fielding percentage.

She said she planned on majoring in business, with a concentration in marketing, at Middle Georgia.