With a deep playoff run a year ago and the new season fast approaching, the Comanche Lady Indians softball team is looking to take the next step.

Entering his fifth season as the Lady Indians head coach, Aaron Minor has spent the final week leading into the season opener going to festivals including the recent one this week in Duncan.

“I think we are just ready and I think everybody is kind of ready to get to the regular season where the games actually count,” Minor said. “Not that these aren’t important, I look forward to these scrimmages probably more than the girls do, but I think the girls are ready to start playing when it really counts.”

In 2018, the Lady Indians went 25-10 and was eliminated by Washington in the regionals tournament. Minor said the three key players that will be back for their senior year will be ready to lead.

“It is no secret that our strength of the team is our pitching in the circle. As far as the upperclassmen, we have Brooklin Bain, Emily Roden and Hannah Powell,” Minor said. “We are looking to them to be a leader, not all of them are vocal leaders, some of them will need to be leaders by example. We were right there last year. It is just a matter of executing some plays a little better to go to the next step.”

Beginning the season with the first week of non-district play, Minor will use the first week to get his team ready and then will head into the second week of play which is district play.

“Going to districts in 3A those are the quote important games, but I mean we don’t have that until week two and that first week is good,” Minor said. “We have a couple of regular season games and then we go to a festival in Beggs, so we will play four or five games and hopefully in connection with these scrimmages to help us get ready for the district games. Those are the ones that are important when it comes to playoffs.”

Minor said the seasons expectations are high for the Lady Indians and he hopes they can get to the regional championship game and maybe even further in 2019.

“Our realistic goal is we want to be in that regional final again playing to go to the state tournament,” Minor said. “That is realistic and obviously everybody wants to be a state champion, but I’m talking when you say realistic goal you want to be in that regional final with a chance to play to go to state. That is all you can ask for and hopefully when you get to that point we can take care of business.”

Season opener for the Lady Indians will be at 5 p.m. Monday Aug. 12 on the road against Anadarko with the home opener taking place at 5 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 13 against MacArthur High School.