Usually when a team achieves something historic, the real work begins once the calendar turns to the next season.

Usually when a team achieves something historic, the real work begins once the calendar turns to the next season.

This is the case for the Plainview Lady Indians, who enter the 2019-2020 fast pitch season off the heels of their first appearance in the regional tournament since 2016 last year. 

Plainview though is coming back with several pieces returning from that history making squad, as well as head coach Kenna Hunter, who will be entering her third season in charge of the Lady Indians. 

This summer though, it’s been all about staying in shape and preparing for what’s to come for Hunter and her squad. 

“We’ve just continued to preach about hard work and having a consistent effort,” Hunter said. “One of our biggest things right now is building a strong team chemistry. That’s going to be an important thing for us once we get into the fall.”

“Having players return is a big plus for us,” Hunter added. “We’re very fortunate in that aspect to have had young players start for us the last few years. Those girls know how to handle the pressure and how to play in certain situations. We’re really excited about the group we have. It’s been good for us to see good pitching and getting some good at-bats this summer. You can’t simulate those types of things so this whole summer has been really good for us.”

Last season Plainview finished 16-15 overall, which was a huge step forward from Hunter’s first year in charge when the Lady Indians finished 14-21, and missed the regional tournament.

Plainview also made a splash in district play last year, defeating eventual district champion and state semifinalist Lone Grove on the road, as well as eventual regional finalist Sulphur at home. 

Unfortunately, the Lady Indians struggled in the regional tournament, losing to Weatherford and then against Harrah. 

But easing the pain entering this season will be the knowledge that several players from last season will be back this year including Lexi Hackney, Taryn Martin, Riley Grant, and Tatum Brewster.

Martin was the Lake Country Conference Newcomer of the Year on the All-Conference list last year, while Brewster was an All-Conference selection.

In order for the Lady Indians to make it back to the regional tournament for a second consecutive year, they will have to navigate their way through a new district field.

With Sulphur dropping to Class 3A this season, the Lady Indians district got a makeover. 

Plainview will be in the revamped District 4A-2 this season along with Lone Grove, Madill, Byng, Blanchard, Bridge Creek and Chickasha.