DAVIS — One of the greatest teachers in life is experience.

DAVIS — One of the greatest teachers in life is experience.

To say the 2018 version of the Davis Lady Wolves fast pitch softball team has plenty of experience would be a vast understatement.

Not only will the Lady Wolves feature four senior players this season, but Davis will also have seven juniors returning from last years district championship squad which fell in the regional tournament against eventual Class 3A state champion Purcell, finishing with an overall record of 19-8.

It’s a thought that has second year head coach Tyler Lampkin excited not only for this season, but what’s to come in the future.

“The majority of our infield this season are juniors, and they played as sophomores last year,” Lampkin said. “Getting to have the experience they did in the regional tournament, and getting knocked out by the eventual state champion in Purcell showed them what it takes to be a good team. These girls have put in the effort this summer in order to put themselves in a position to be successful.”

In order for the Lady Wolves to make a return trip to the state tournament, they will be looking to their four seniors in Sydni Merrell, Lauren Son, Hailey Alexander and Aubrey Tuttle.

Son was one of the main pitchers last season for the Lady Wolves, and she will be looked to once again this year on the hill.

In addition, among the seven juniors returning this season will be Lynsey Martin, who was a member of the All-Ardmoreite softball team last year.

“One of our biggest strengths we have is our senior leadership,” Lampkin said. 

“We’ve got two seniors who haven’t played a big role until now. They’ve both stepped up during the summer and really led by example. Them being on the field and leading has been a tremendous boost for us.”

There will be a slight change this season in Class 3A, as the Lady Wolves will have to navigate their way through district play, with the top four teams advancing to the regional tournament, while the district champion will be hosting a regional tournament.

Davis is placed in district 3A-2 along with Atoka, Dickson, Hugo, Kingston, Marietta and Tishomingo.

“The more I’ve looked at it and thought about our district, it’s one of the toughest in the state in my opinion when it comes to pitching arms,” Lampkin said. “Kingston has a strong arm, Tishomingo has a good arm. Atoka has a couple of good pitchers. Those seniors at Dickson were freshmen my last year there. I know the work they have been putting into be better. Shanna (McKown) pitched a lot for me as a freshman and I know how hard she’s worked to be a strong pitcher for Dickson.”

“On the same note though, I feel like we have at least two if not three strong pitchers of our own,” Lampkin added. “That’s what’s going to keep us in games this season is our pitching staff and having a solid defense behind them to back them up.” 

Davis will open the season on August 6 at home in a district game against Marietta, before welcoming the defending state champions in the Purcell Lady Dragons one day later for a regional rematch at the Davis softball complex in a non-district game.