As the month of June has come to a close, so too has the summer softball season for the Plainview Lady Indians.

As the month of June has come to a close, so too has the summer softball season for the Plainview Lady Indians.

However, with just a couple of weeks separating them from the official start of the 2018-19 fast pitch season, expectations are already beginning to rise in Plainview.

With head coach Kenna Self returning for her second season in charge, and multiple returning players back this year, it’s no surprise the Lady Indians skipper has been pleased with what she has seen over the course of the summer schedule.

“We’ve definitely tried to work hard this summer, and improve on the fundamentals,” Self said. “Right now, we’re trying to build on the foundation we started last year. We’ve got a good group of seniors coming back this year, along with a bunch of really talented younger players.”

“I’ve really encouraged our seniors to take charge,” Self added. “They are going to lead our kids in different areas. I’ve also tried to tell them to guide the younger players and mentor them. These seniors are going to be a big part of whether we are successful or not this season.”

One of the seniors who will be looked at to carry the torch this season will be Brooklyn Storts. 

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.

Storts was one of two Lady Indians players last season to be named to the All-Ardmoreite softball team along with now graduated All-State standout Rylee Keith.

It will be a hard task replacing Keith, who led the Lady Indians last season with a .512 batting average along with five home runs. and a .963 slugging percentage.

Plainview will also have to replace Halee Womack, who hit .3175last season for the Lady Indians with a .452 slugging percentage, along with 23 hits and 13 RBI’s.

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

Kyla Treadwell, Megan Winchester, Jenna Jennings will also be returning this season, along with Anna Simmons, who will be playing for the Lady Indians as a senior. 

Last season the Lady Indians finished 14-21 overall, but were eliminated in the Bi-district round of the playoffs.