WILSON — Just outside the fence at Claudia Labeth Diamond where the Wilson Lady Eagles play varsity softball sits a painted sidewalk featuring all the years the Lady Eagles have reached the state tournament in their teams history.

WILSON — Just outside the fence at Claudia Labeth Diamond where the Wilson Lady Eagles play varsity softball sits a painted sidewalk featuring all the years the Lady Eagles have reached the state tournament in their teams history.

The only problem with reflecting down this memory lane is that the accomplishments all came during slow pitch softball.

This season, the Lady Eagles will be fielding six seniors, and are looking to finally end their run of bad luck in the district tournament, and add another softball to the sidewalk, this time for fast pitch success.

“Expectations are always high when it comes to this program,” Wilson coach Sharla Carlile said. “Last year we graduated six seniors and this year we have six seniors. We’ve also got five juniors, seven sophomores, and two freshmen. We’re striving to end this season with a district title.”

Last year the Lady Eagles finished the year with an overall record of 16-12.

While the above .500 record was a welcome sight for the Lady Eagles overall, their elimination in the district finals against Ringling was a repeated occurrence.

However, the Lady Eagles managed to put a scare into Ringling in their first game at the district tournament, only falling by four runs.

Carlile said that having the same amount of seniors this season as she did last year is only going to make things easier for the team in many different aspects.

“These seniors are going to benefit us in so many ways,” she said. “When they step up their leadership roles, they aren’t just contributing in practice or to our win total. They are helping us get better as a team overall.”

Among the seniors returning this season are Bethani Ross and Taylor O’Steen.

Last season Ross finished with 17 singles for the season with 13 RBI, while O’Steen had 12 doubles with 16 RBI.

They will be joined by the other seniors which include Taylor Wolf, Morgan Nipp, Lexi Hunt and Jacquelyn Hagood (Turpin). 

Also coming back this season will be junior Destiny Colbert, who was a solid force on the mound last season for the Lady Eagles.

“The biggest thing we have going for us this year is we are loaded with skill players,” Carlile said. “These girls have a lot of talent as well, and we have a strong team bond. A lot of these girls can play several positions, and we also have multiple girls who can pitch if we need them to.” 

“Anytime you can exceed expectations from previous years then it’s an unforgettable memory,” Carlile added. “To be able to hang a district title in our field house would be a memory these girls would remember for a lifetime.”

Wilson will open the season Monday afternoon with a three way at home against Waurika and Elmore City Pernell beginning at 4:30 p.m. 

The Lady Eagles will then travel to Thackerville on Tuesday before playing in the Marietta Festival beginning on Aug. 10.