A lot can happen in a year.

A lot can happen in a year.

The Ardmore Lady Tigers know this feeling all too well unfortunately.

Just one year after making history and advancing to the Class 5A state tournament, Ardmore was left out of the state party last season after falling in the regional finals against Guthrie.

However, this summer the Lady Tigers are working to make sure a second straight missed state tournament doesn’t become a reality. 

“Basically we’re just trying to find our roles on this team this summer,” Ardmore coach Charli Crawford said. “We’ve looked good for the most part though I will admit. Savannah (Marris) has been throwing the ball really good, and a lot of our other girls are learning how to step up and take charge.”

“We’ve got all of our starters coming back next season,” Crawford added. “We won’t get to have a full team until we begin practice officially, but all of our girls are working this summer. I think if we keep at it then we’ll be a good team down the line.”

Among the players coming back next season will include Lauren Blankenship, who hit .484 last season with 18 walks as 13 of those were intentional.

Also returning will be Avery Lowe, who hit .515 last season with six home runs.

Reagan Lewis will also be coming back for the Lady Tigers after hitting .483 last season in her first year as an Ardmore player. 

Shakira Smith will also be coming back as the center fielder, after hitting .524 last year at the second spot in the lineup.

Last season Ardmore finished 14-18 overall including a 7-5 mark in district play. The Lady Tigers finished third in the district standings in District 5A-2. 

This coming fall, the Ardmore Lady Tigers will be in the revamped District 5A-1 where they will be joined by Duncan, Santa Fe South, El Reno, Altus, Lawton Eisenhower and Lawton MacArthur, and the defending state champion Carl Albert Lady Titans.