A lot has happened in the past six years in many different aspects of the world.

A lot has happened in the past six years in many different aspects of the world.

But the reason why 2012 sticks out when it comes to Plainview Lady Indians fast pitch softball, is that this was the last time a Lady Indians team made it to the state tournament.

Under the direction of second year head coach Kenna Self, this season the Lady Indians will have four seniors along with multiple returning starters back.

After winning 14 games last season in Self’s first year in charge, expectations have been rising this season for Plainview, especially when it comes to district play.

Plainview will also be looking to make its first regional tournament since the 2016 season this year. 

“There’s lots of expectations this year for sure,” Self said. “My kids have continued to work hard and I think there’s plenty of good things to come for this program. I’m going to be leaning on my seniors to lead and guide our team. They know the system I had in place last year and they know what I expect out of them.”

Last season the Lady Indians went 14-21 overall, but struggled in district play where they went 3-9, finishing tied with Madill near the bottom of the table.

This year, tying for fifth place won’t get the Lady Indians into the playoffs, as the top four teams from each district will be earning a trip to the regional tournament.

Plainview will once again have to navigate its way through a tough district field in district 4A-3 with the likes of Byng, Pauls Valley, Madill, Ada, Sulphur and the defending state runner-up Lone Grove Lady Horns awaiting this season.

“We’ve been talking a lot about how we can’t take a pitch off this year,” Self said. “It’s a cutthroat game. We’re in a really tough district with Sulphur and Lone Grove. Those programs have done a lot of really great things and they happen to be right down the road from us. Our girls have to give it their all every pitch this season, especially in district play.”

Helping carry the torch this season will be seniors Brooklyn Storts, Anna Simmons, Jenna Jennings, and Leah Selensky. 

Last season Storts finished with a .419 batting average along with a .517 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .625. She also had 39 hits with 26 RBI’s and a .967 fielding percentage.

“This year has definitely been a lot better than last year so far,” Storts said. “Expectations are really high for us this year. We’ve got a lot more to build off of than we did before. Having four seniors really helps the team have different voices to help guide us. I have all the confidence in the world in this team, we just need to do what we do best and play as a team, not as individuals.” 

Storts was one of two Lady Indians players to be named to the All-Ardmoreite softball team along with now graduated All-State player from last season in Rylee Keith, who will be suiting up for Louisiana-Lafayette this fall. 

“We aren’t starting from scratch this season,” Jennings said. “Coach (Kenna) Self has raised the expectations for us, and now it’s up to us to get to where she wants us to be. It’s an equal playing field out here, and practices have been tough. Everyone can play at every position for us. We need to communicate. You have to be able to communicate to get anywhere as a team, that’s mainly the base of what will be our success this season.” 

Other returning players this season will include Tatum Brewster, along with Kyra Treadwell and Megan Winchester. Brewster hit .318 last season with 28 hits, 15 RBI’s and 26 runs scored.

Plainview will open the 2018 season at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the road against Pauls Valley.