The postseason run Perry’s softball team has been writing this month has been must-read, must-see entertainment, but the latest chapter might be the best yet.

The Panthers’ Akron Division I regional final with Willoughby South on Saturday morning was earmarked as a pitchers’ duel.

Games aren’t played on paper, however, and Perry proved it by beating the Rebels 14-0.

The Panthers (23-5) advanced to the fourth state semifinal in school history and first since 2010 — when they won it all.

They will face 2016 state runner-up Teays Valley (24-3) at Firestone Stadium at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

“It’s crazy,” Perry catcher Missy Holzopfel said. “Our intensity is insane. We just knew if they’d score, we needed to come back with hits because our offense is what wins the game.”

South (24-8) didn’t hit.

Perry most certainly did.

What looked like a great matchup between Missouri recruit Riley Frizell (15-4) for South and University of Tennessee-Martin pledge Payton Gottshall (15-2) for Perry turned into batting practice for the Panthers.

Perry torched Frizell for 17 hits — nine of them for extra bases — and eight earned runs.

Virtually everyone got in on the act as Riley Lesh (two singles, double, RBI), Maddie Snyder (single, double, run), Gottshall (single, double, home run, three RBI), Alycia Cunningham (two doubles, RBI), Holzopfel (single, double, triple, three RBI) and Gia Durieux (two singles, double, two RBI) paced the offense.

“We’ve played really good talent all year long,” Panthers coach Scott Daugherty said. “We started the season 3-3 and four of the first six pitchers we faced are All-Ohio. We’ve seen good pitching before, so that part we’ve been through. We knew she was throwing a lot of offspeed stuff and was staying away from batters. As the game went on, the plan started to come to us a little better.”

In a scene that has become commonplace for Perry, Gottshall did what she’s always done this postseason in notching her fifth playoff win.

The junior has yet to be scored on and has thrown three one-hitters and two two-hitters during that stretch.

Against the Rebels, she was on fire after the first.

Mya Matriano opened things with a blooping single over third base and Gottshall loaded the bases with two walks, but she got out of it.

The right-hander only walked two more the rest of the way and sent down the final 13 in a row to notch yet another one-hitter.

“She has gone through 32 postseason innings without giving up a run,” Daugherty said of Gottshall, who has struck out 176 and has a 0.78 ERA in 108 innings this season. “She’s just a special kid. She’s kind of our emotional leader at times. Obviously, we feel confident [with her] on the mound.”

In playoff wins over Massillon, Hoover, Louisville, Brunswick and South, Gottshall has been the centerpiece for a Panthers team that has outscored the opposition 49-0.

“I knew I had to really bring it on for my team,” Gottshall said. “I knew I had to focus in. I always want to be there for them and get them going.”

The next step with Teays Valley should be interesting. The Vikings came back from near elimination against Olentangy for a 9-5 win by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a two-run deficit.

“We always try to make our opponent do things they don’t want to do,” Daugherty said. “We play very aggressive, especially offensively. If they can make 21 outs and some of them are high-pressure outs, that will be that.”