Each team enters a season wanting to win a state championship.
For area softball teams, that goal has been reached several times during the fall in what has become a decade of dominance.
Since 2010, four different schools have combined to win seven state championships in the fall. In this decade, the only years that an area team has not won a state title are 2010, 2012 and 2013.
The Blanchard Lady Lions were the first area team to capture a state title this decade, winning the championship in 2011. Blanchard was one of two area teams in the title game that season.
The Lady Lions defeated Tuttle for their second title in three seasons after a 2009 state championship.
After a drought of two years, area teams have captured a state championship every year since 2014. The Chickasha Lady Chicks — with head coach Dennis Furr — started that streak.
Having already been to state, Chickasha won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 thanks to two game-winning hits from Lynnsie Elam.
Elam drove in the only run of the Class 5A title game against Piedmont in 2014. She had the game-winning hit against Tecumseh in the 2015 Class 4A state title game.
That 4A title in 2015 transitioned to a dominant run by the Tuttle Lady Tigers, a traditional powerhouse in the world of Oklahoma softball. No team has knocked off the Lady Tigers at the state tournament for the past three seasons.
Led by head coach Rebecca Cobb, the Lady Tigers defeated Tecumseh, Lone Grove and Newcastle in the past three title games.
But the 2018 season did not just belong to one area team. Amber-Pocasset joined the dominance by winning the softball program's first state championship.
After surviving a scare from Stonewall in the first round, the Lady Panthers defeated Canute and Ripley for the Class A title.
The Lady Panthers nearly completed the sweep in the spring, advancing to the Class 3A state title game.
Those are just some of the examples of how strong softball is within The Express-Star coverage area. Cyril and Minco are two other examples.
Cyril has a string of state appearances and made a run to the state title game in 2016, and Minco has been to state.
Softball remains a strong sport in this area, and not enough credit can be handed out. The 2019 season should be an interesting one.