Plainview High School athletics and All-State athletes have gone hand-in-hand for many years.

Plainview High School athletics and All-State athletes have gone hand-in-hand for many years.

However, when it comes to the Lady Indians softball program, there’s been a small gap of time since they have last fielded an All-State representative.

However, the wait is officially over.

During the month of June, Lady Indians standout Rylee Keith will throw on her Plainview red and white one last time as she takes the field at Oklahoma Christian University for the 2018 Oklahoma Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-State game. She will be a member of the Middle West team along with Lone Grove’s Sami Skelly and Brooklyn Mason, along with Davis’ Sydney Martin on the team.

“Rylee is a great athlete first of all,” Plainview coach Kenna Self said. “She’s been solid behind the plate for Plainview softball the last four years and has been phenomenal on offense. She’s a very deserving choice to be an All-State athlete.”

“She’s been a wonderful leader as well over the years for this program,” Self added. “She’s just a great player and an even better person.”

Keith will officially be the first Lady Indians softball All-State player since 2014.

“I didn’t know what to do when I found out, I was just in shock,” Keith said about when she found out she had made All-State. “I was actually with my mom when Coach Self texted me. I was about 20 different emotions when I got the news.”

“Getting my name on the All-State board is actually what I’m the most excited about,” Keith added. “To know that I’m going to be associated forever with those great players is very special to me.”

Special is about a solid of a term one could use to describe the career, and the future of Rylee Keith.

This season alone, Keith was named as the Co-Offensive Player of the Year on the District 4A-3 All-District awards list, along with being named as the Offensive Player of the Year on the Lake Country Conference All-Conference Awards list.

During her final run as a Lady Indians player, Keith finished with a .512 batting average to go with 41 hits, five home runs, 18 doubles, five triples and 29 RBI. She also sported a .963 slugging percentage and a .928 fielding percentage.

Behind the plate, Keith allowed just four stolen bases the whole season, while registering eight pick-offs.

Keith was named as the 2016 All-Ardmoreite Offensive Player of the Year, when she finished with a .594 batting average to go with a .716 on base percentage and eight home runs.

As for her future on the softball diamond, Keith will be joining up with the Ragin’ Cajuns at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette next year to play Division 1 softball and pursue a berth at the Women’s College World Series.

“Whenever my name is on the All-State board is probably when I’ll take a moment and reflect on my time at Plainview,” Keith said. “I think the atmosphere in college is going to be so much more different for me. I’m really planning on learning a lot in college playing softball.”

“I will probably cry wearing my Plainview jersey one last time at All-State,” Keith added. “To me, it’s just an honor and there’s no other school I’d want to represent and no other jersey I’d want to go out there and play in.”