It’s been several years since the Madill Lady Wildcats softball program has been able to make some noise in the postseason.

It’s been several years since the Madill Lady Wildcats softball program has been able to make some noise in the postseason.

After another quick exit in the bi-district round of the playoffs last year, the Lady Wildcats have been working to make sure the trend stops during the 2018-19 season.

However to do so, the Lady Wildcats will have to find a way to rebuild with a new cast of players following the graduation of several key pieces from last year.

“We’ve got a lot of young players this season,” Madill coach Randy Rushing said. “There is a lot of speed on this team, probably more than we’ve had in recent years. Our biggest thing is we need to be more committed to softball as a whole right now.” 

In the last five seasons, Madill has managed to win more than five games following an unfortunate winless season during the 2014-15 campaign. 

In order to keep the ship on the right track, Rushing said he is looking to one player in particular to step up this season and lead the Lady Wildcats.

“Kyann Melton has one of the strongest arms in the area as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “We’re going to be looking to her to be the leader for us this season.”

Last year Melton finished with a .315 batting average and a .957 fielding average.

However, the Lady Wildcats will have to make up for the absence of their graduated seniors from last year including Chole Austin, Bailey Gammill, Kortlyn Yow, and Rylee Ruff.

Those players combined to hold four out of the top-five spots in batting average last season for the Lady Wildcats when it came to overall team standings.

Despite the departure of so many key players, Rushing has hope for several others to step in and fill those roles for the upcoming season.

“I’m expecting some good things from Xiema Gomez this season,” he said. “She’s a sophomore for us. McKenzie Reed is another player who should be good for us and she’s a junior. We’ve also got some strong freshman players in Emile Johnson and Jada Townson. Then there’s our seniors in Camille Martinez, Gracie Jaggars, and Kayli Sweet and Kyann Melton. All of these girls are going to bring something to the table for us this season.”