A chant often heard in softball dugouts across Oklahoma is the famous “Eight is great.”

A chant often heard in softball dugouts across Oklahoma is the famous “Eight is great.”

For the Madill Lady Wildcats though, eight is a number they’d rather surpass this season than chant about.

This summer the Lady Wildcats have been working tirelessly to improve following another eight win season last year, the third such occurrence in the last four years. 

While the Lady Wildcats might have graduated three seniors in Kyann Melton, Kayli Sweet and Camille Martinez, veteran head coach Randy Rushing has still been pleased with the effort his team has been giving these last few weeks. 

“We are a very young team this year,” he said. “We’ve only got one senior in McKenzie Reed, and she has been working very hard on becoming the leader of this team. We’re also going to have six freshman this season. They’ve been working just as hard and have been learning everyday how to be committed to this team.”

“There’s no denying we’re going to take some lumps early,” Rushing added. “Right now though it’s the young girls who have been working the hardest so they can earn the respect of the upperclassmen. Xiema Gomez is another player who as a junior has been stepping up for us this summer. It’s a fun group and I’m seeing the improvement in them everyday. Once we get back from the dead period, we’ll start the real work at two-a-days.” 

Madill has been busy this summer playing at the Plainview Festival, as well as the FCA Festival in Ardmore. The Lady Wildcats will be playing in the Tishomingo Summer League once the dead period is over later this month. 

Last season the Lady Wildcats finished 8-21 overall, including a 1-11 record in the super tough District 4A-3, with their lone district win coming at the end of the year in a 21-13 victory against Plainview.

Madill will once again be in a tough 4A district this coming season, but it will be in the new District 4A-2 alongside Plainview, Lone Grove, Chickasha, Blanchard, Byng, and Bridge Creek.