SULPHUR — Talented athletic senior classes are nothing new at Sulphur High School, especially in softball.

SULPHUR — Talented athletic senior classes are nothing new at Sulphur High School, especially in softball.

This season is no different for the ladies in red and white.

For Bekkah Turner, Ashley Bivens, and Rilee Keith, this campaign represents their last chance to leave their own personal legacy on a program which has given them so much.

It’s a chance none of them are taking lightly.

“The younger girls know they have some big shoes to fill this season,” Turner said. “But as a senior, it’s my job to help prepare them for what is expected of them. We expect to go far in both fast pitch and slow pitch seasons. Our mindset is we expect to go to state.”

Last season, Sulphur softball graduated a senior class full of not just talent, but all-state talent.

Savannah Ashford, Ashlie Hedemann and Payton Szalaj all managed to make the coveted contest in their final games as seniors, with Ashford playing in both fast and slow pitch all-state games. 

The trio made history during the slow pitch contest, marking the first time Sulphur softball had registered three all-state softball players in one season.

The graduating senior class also left behind the legacy of making a record five state tournament appearances in both fast and slow pitch softball.

“What’s exciting about the girls we have now is that they have played more softball than anyone else we’ve ever had,” Sulphur head coach Heath Gilbert said. “That process started with the girls which graduated from last season.”

“The girls who came before us as seniors did a great job in building and laying a foundation for this program,” Bivens said. “Now it’s our job to keep that going this season and add our own chapter to this legacy. Our chemistry is there, and it’s only going to get stronger the more games we’re able to play together this season.”

For Keith, she has unfortunately been forced to wait to make her preseason debut due to a shoulder problem, but she did say she is quickly on the road back, and looking to make an impact this year.

“My shoulder is good right now,” she said. “I’ve actually just recently began throwing more, so I’ll be back very soon. People aren’t sure what to make of this squad given that we have so many freshman and sophomores. I will say that we have one of the most talented groups of underclassmen around, and we shouldn’t be underestimated this season on the field.”