RINGLING — There have been more than a few special senior classes come through the athletic ranks of Ringling High School through the years.

RINGLING — There have been more than a few special senior classes come through the athletic ranks of Ringling High School through the years.

Some have left with state titles under their belts, others have left with the distinction of having made multiple state tournament appearances.

This season, the Ringling softball team is bringing its own fearsome foursome as its senior class, in the hopes they can add just one more piece to an already historically successful program.

Whitney Lester, Kassidy Perkins, Presley Reid, and Codi Tolliver will be the main anchors of a Lady Blue Devils squad this year, which fell just one game short of the state finals in 2016.

Optimism will be high as well coming into the fall, after the Lady Blue Devils fought their way to the regional tournament during the slow pitch season, upsetting then top-five ranked Dibble to do so.

“We’ve got a great group of seniors on this squad,” RHS head coach Steve Pybas said. “These girls have been here from the beginning of their freshman years. They hate losing but bring so much as individuals to this team in so many ways.”

With 2018 being the 10-year anniversary of the last state title won by a Ringling softball team, the seniors are looking to send the program into another celebration this year, before reflecting on another.

“For me personally, it would be amazing if we won a state title this year,” Perkins said. “I had a cousin who was a senior on the last state title winning squad. To have my name up there along with hers on the 10-year anniversary would be very special to me.”

“All of us want to make the state finals this season and get further than we did last year,” Perkins added. “It’s just a matter of working hard and hopefully it will pay off with us getting there. This group of seniors is so close with one another having grown up together and these are some special teammates to have.”

Ringling will be fielding a total of 12 underclassmen this season, with six sophomores and six freshmen players. 

While most teams would be worried about so much youth on a squad, the RHS seniors see it as an opportunity to improve further this season.

“These underclassmen are really good and are coming along,” Tolliver said. “One of them is my little sister Rayme, and she’s only going to get better the more we play, along with the other freshmen and sophomores. We lost some great players last season, but we’re looking to be better this year.”

“I’ve been apart of multiple titles with these seniors at Zaneis (Middle School), and it would just be cool to win one here at Ringling,” Tolliver added. “We’re so close with one another. We’ve grown up together on a softball field. That chemistry helps us so much on the field and it’s going to serve us well this upcoming season.”