MADILL — Over the last few years, the Madill Lady Wildcats have found themselves in a series of trends when it comes to softball.

MADILL — Over the last few years, the Madill Lady Wildcats have found themselves in a series of trends when it comes to softball.

One of those however has been a trend of failing to reach a double digit win total during the regular season.

However, the Lady Wildcats will be returning multiple players this season along with one senior, as head coach Randy Rushing looks to guide his team back to the regional tournament.

“I think we’re going to be more competitive this season,” Rushing said. “Our lone senior McKenzie Reed has done a good job of leading the younger players, and they are listening to what she has to say. We’ve also had our juniors stepping up as well, so it’s got everyone very excited. We’ve got some young players this season and we’re hoping its the start to us being able to turn this program around.”

Last season the Lady Wildcats finished at the bottom of District 4A-3 with a 1-11 record and an 8-21 overall record.

This season Madill has been shifted into the new District 4A-2 along with Lone Grove, Plainview, Byng, Bridge Creek, Chickasha, and Blanchard.

“We have one of the toughest districts not just in Class 4A, but in the state as well,” Rushing said. “It was already tough with the competition we had, but it’s just gotten even tougher when you add Blanchard, Bridge Creek and Chickasha in the mix. I know Chickasha has been good in years past, and Bridge Creek and Blanchard are always going to be tough considering the area they play in.”

McKenzie Reed will be the only senior this season for the Lady Wildcats, with juniors Jackie Coronado, Ximena Gomez, and Mia Beason also returning this season.

Madill will open the season Aug. 12 with a triangular against Hugo and Soper with games taking place at Hugo High School.

District play will begin the following day with a doubleheader against the back-to-back regional champion Lone Grove Lady Horns at Glenn Wendt Field, before the Lady Wildcats will travel to the Calera Tournament on Aug. 15-17. 

Madill will also compete in the Plainview Invitational and the LCC Tournament which will be held in Sulphur this year.