WILSON — Across the state of Oklahoma, there are many schools with a proud softball tradition.

WILSON — Across the state of Oklahoma, there are many schools with a proud softball tradition.

Hanging just outside the entrance of the Wilson High School softball field is evidence of the Lady Eagles proud winning tradition, which dates back to 1990.

A total of four state titles (1990, 1992, 2003, 2009) have been won by the Lady Eagles in slow pitch, with the team finishing at state runner-up three times (1991, 1993, 2006) and state quarterfinalists 11 times including a run of seven straight seasons from 1994-2000.

Wilson has also managed to have 22 players earn the All-State honor from 1993-2009 in slow pitch.

There’s just one problem though with the sign, it’s accomplishments all occurred during the slow pitch season. As far as fast pitch accolades are concerned, there aren’t many to show on the board for Wilson softball.

However, this season the Lady Eagles are determined to change the history of the WHS softball program, and add a new chapter.

Leading the charge for them is someone who knows all about the Wilson softball tradition, head coach Sharla Carlile, who was a member of the first Lady Eagles slow pitch state championship team in 1990.

“These girls are going to have to come together as a team,” Carlile said. “It’s going to take a lot of chemistry, and girls are going to have to stop worrying about where they are going to play. Everyone is going to need to give 110 percent anywhere they go.”

“Of course it would be special for these girls to make something happen in fast pitch,” Carlile added. “They haven’t been on the map in fast pitch. We probably should have made it to regionals last season. I think the nerves kind of got to them a little, combined with the fact they had never done it before. This group has the potential to make it far. We only lost two seniors from last years squad so its pretty much the same team as we had before.”

Coach Carlile has plenty of reason to feel optimistic about her teams chances, considering what they were able to pull of during the slow pitch district tournament this past spring.

After falling in the opening contest against Wynnewood 9-1, the Lady Eagles bounced back and managed to shock then No. 4 ranked Caddo 10-9. WHS then won a rematch with Wynnewood, before eventually falling to Caddo in a rematch for the district title. 

A huge benefit for the Lady Eagles this season will be the wealth of experience they possess in fielding eight senior players.

Courtney Schiralli, Ivy Osteen, Kristen Cornelison, Makayla Raines, Brianna Way, Cassidy Knipp, and Elizabeth Cheater-Carlile will all be looked at to help build a new tradition of winning for the Lady Eagles softball team.

Other players who will look to make an impact will be juniors Taylor Osteen, Kenna Herndon, Taylor Wolf, Bethani Ross, and Delilah Cheater. Wilson will also be fielding 14 combined freshmen and sophomore players this season. 

“We started two freshman in slow pitch on third and in the outfield,” Carlile said. “Having this many seniors can go either way to be honest. It all depends on if they want to step up and do their job as an upperclassmen. All of these girls have been together for a long time and have played together for a long time. There’s no reason why this team cannot be successful this season, as long as they work together.”

Last season in fast pitch, the Lady Eagles recorded their first 10-win season in more than three years. 

The jump was a huge improvement from the 2015-16 season when the Lady Eagles finished 4-17.

Wilson managed to get to the district championship contest after defeating Waurika, but eventually fell to Ringling in two straight games.

Monday afternoon will bring the start of the regular season for the Lady Eagles on the road against Thackerville, before a road contest against Ringling will follow on Aug. 8.

The I-35 Clash at Marietta Festival will follow on Aug. 11-12 with the first home game of the season taking place on Aug. 14 against the Velma-Alma Lady Comets.