Motivation can come in many forms when it comes to athletes.

Motivation can come in many forms when it comes to athletes.

Some find it through a cause, while others feed off of knowing a potential award awaits them.

For the Ardmore Lady Tigers and coach Charli Crawford, their motivation entering the regional tournament today is very simple.

“Just watching someone dog pile on your home field is tough,” Crawford said. “We had to watch El Reno dog pile last year. From that day forward, our underclassmen and our three seniors have said we want to make sure we are the ones dog piling on our field this season.”

Ardmore will be playing host to a Class 5A regional tournament for the second year in a row, as the Lady Tigers will be welcoming Del City, Lawton Ike and Guthrie to the Ardmore softball field.

AHS will be taking the field in the opening contest today at noon against Del City, while Guthrie and Ike will play at 2 p.m.

The losers will then play at 4 p.m. in an elimination game, while the winners will play at 6 p.m.

Friday’s action will begin with an elimination game at noon, following by the regional championship series beginning at 2 p.m. with an if necessary game to be played at 4 p.m.

“Our kids being able to be on their home field and have the community behind us is huge,” Crawford said. “These girls had their backs against the wall this season, and they have played their way through this year and have earned this.”

“Del City is going to be a scrappy and athletic team,” Crawford said. “We know from playing a similar team in Ike that you don’t want to let a team like that hang around. We’re just taking this one inning and one game at a time.”

Ardmore enters the regional tournament with an overall record of 20-11 on the season. The Lady Tigers were the second placed team out of district 2-5A, with Piedmont winning the district title.

As for AHS’ opening round opponents Del City, they finished with a 2-12 district record and enter the regional stage of the season with a record of 7-19.

Ike finished with a 2-10 district record, while sporting an overall record of 3-21.

Guthrie was the third place team out of district 1-5A at 10-4, and currently owns a 17-14 overall record.

Ardmore will be looking to the arm of senior pitcher Lexi Duff to carry the squad in the circle, along with other players such as Lauren Blankenship, Madisen Moore, Taegan Morris, Emma Nightengale, Chloe Pender, Kalie Douglas, Shakira Smith, and Maddie Wiles. 

A victory in the regional tournament would put Ardmore softball back at the state tournament for the first time since the 2003 season.