LONE GROVE — With a potential storm on the horizon, and homecoming activities in full swing, it seems like the perfect mix for a regional tournament to begin today.

LONE GROVE — With a potential storm on the horizon, and homecoming activities in full swing, it seems like the perfect mix for a regional tournament to begin today.

Beginning this morning at 11 a.m., the Lone Grove Lady Horns will try and reach their first state tournament since the 2014 season, as they welcome Blanchard, Tecumseh and Cache to Glenn Wendt Field for a Class 4A regional tournament.

LGHS won the right to host by virtue of being the district champion out of district 3-4A with an undefeated record of 12-0. The Lady Horns will enter the regional tournament sporting an overall record of 25-5.

Though he’s thrilled with his team being able to host, Lady Horns coach Jimmy Miller isn’t shying away from the fact his team will have to earn its way to the state tournament one inning at a time.

“We’re going to have to play well the next couple of days to have a chance to go to the state tournament,” he said. “I believe we can do just that. These teams are going to test us though every step of the way and we need to play our best. Regional tournaments are always tough and you just come to expect that.”

Lone Grove’s opening round opponent is one they have already faced this season in the Cache Lady Bulldogs (18-17). 

At the Chisholm Trail Classic in August, the Lady Horns dispatched CHS by an 11-1 score, but that’s something coach Miller said is virtually old news when it comes to the regional tournament.

“Cache is always solid,” he said. “We played them earlier this year, but I’m sure they have made some changes since then and have gotten much better. All three teams in this regional are solid and very well coached. These teams don’t make mistakes and we’re going to have to play solid ourselves in order to have a chance.”

“We’re excited about having the regional tournament at home,” Miller added. “To be honest though, it wouldn’t matter if we were having this in a Walmart parking lot. These girls are ready to come out and play.”

The other first round matchup will be putting the Blanchard Lady Lions (20-13) against Tecumseh (22-11). BHS finished second overall in district 1-4A with THS claiming third overall in district 4-4A.

Lone Grove will be bringing a balanced offensive and defensive attack into the regional tournament.

Leading the charge on the mound will be Emmy Guthrie and Taylor McIntyre, who have combined to throw multiple no-hitters this season, while allowing few runs in the process.

At the plate the Lady Horns will bring a solid lineup with the likes of Noa Dodson, Taleigh Nail, Shelby Stevenson, Sami Skelly, Brooklyn Mason, Logan Graves, Jordan Johnson, among many others who have registered multiple hits and home runs between them this season.

The winners of the respective first round games will meet up again at 5 p.m. with the losers playing at 3 p.m.