PITKIN — It’s been several years since the Pitkin Lady Tigers reached the state softball tournament in Sulphur.

PITKIN — It’s been several years since the Pitkin Lady Tigers reached the state softball tournament in Sulphur.

That year, the Lady Tigers reached the state semifinals, only to fall just short of the finals, losing by a run.

Now, the Lady Tigers are back with head coach Kerri Brown at the helm, with a chance at winning a Class B state championship.

It gets underway for Pitkin (17-9) at 5 p.m. on Thursday as the Lady Tigers will meet up with the top-ranked team in the bracket, the Holden Lady Rockets.

Brown has a veteran team which has played together now for a number of years.

And the year that has been 2017 has been very good to Pitkin.

The Lady Tigers captured a share of the District 4-B title along with the Anacoco Lady Indians, posting a huge road win over Anacoco, 6-3.

The Lady Indians got a little revenge on the road to share the league crown later on.

However, since that time, the Lady Tigers have been on quite the tear.

They closed out the season by defeating the Fairview Lady Panthers on the road and hosted a first-round playoff game against District 4-B rival Hornbeck as the No. 9 seed.

The Lady Tigers have very little trouble dispatching the Lady Hornets, winning in five innings, 13-1.

In the second round, the Lady Tigers had to take to the road against the No. 8 seed Glenmora Lady Wildcats, a team Pitkin had crushed earlier in the season.

The Lady Tigers took a 2-1 lead thanks to a huge home run by Haylee Ash.

Glenmora rallied to claim a late 3-2 advantage, only to see Pitkin score three in the seventh inning, picking up the huge 5-3 victory.

It was a two-run double off the bat of senior Chloe Paul to lift Pitkin past Glenmora.

There is more to the Lady Tiger squad than just Ash and Paul, however.

The Lady Tigers have a two-header pitching monster in Sadie Cooley and Ainsleigh Gautreaux, along with solid infielders such as Alyssa West and Tracey Gunter.

Brilee Nolen, Shelby Lentz and Holley Ash also provide the Lady Tigers with solid defensive effort and productive offensive punch.

The Lady Tigers will have their hands full in the state quarterfinals against the top-ranked Lady Rockets, who reached the state finals a year ago and have suffered just one loss thus far this year.

With a victory, the Lady Tigers would advance to the state semifinals, where they could possibly revisit their rivalry with Anacoco, which faces No. 5 Zwolle in the round of 8.