ANACOCO — Since winning its first-ever softball state championship in 2012, the Anacoco Lady Indians have been a consistent visitor to the state tournament in Sulphur.

ANACOCO — Since winning its first-ever softball state championship in 2012, the Anacoco Lady Indians have been a consistent visitor to the state tournament in Sulphur.

However, they haven’t gotten past the quarterfinals over the past three years.

That is something the Lady Indians will be looking to remedy at 5 p.m. Thursday evening when they take on the fifth-ranked Zwolle Lady Hawks at Frasch Park.

The Lady Indians, the No. 4 seed, opened the regular season by winning their first 10 games of the season before finally falling in defeat.

Anacoco enters the tournament with an overall record of 17-5, which included a huge tune-up win over the DeRidder Lady Dragons, 2-0.

In that game with DeRidder, the Lady Indians were able to hold the Lady Dragons to just a single hit, that coming in the sixth inning, while collecting three hits and two runs in the top of the seventh to come away victorious, 2-0.

Junior pitcher Annabelle Sellers has been sensational in the circle in her last 14 innings, giving up no runs on four hits.

She is also quite effective with the bat in her hands as she hits from the cleanup slot.

The Lady Indians’ top hitter is junior Korie Kreps, a former Vernon Parish Player of the Year and three-time all-stater.

The UL-Monroe commit plays shortstop for the Lady Indians, but she is also a threat pitching.

Senior Allie Haymon, who moved to catcher this season, is the team’s leadoff hitter and sets the stage for Magen Runnels, Kreps and Sellers to follow in the order.

Sellers is followed by a pair of seniors in the batting lineup — Nicole Fitzgerald and Kinsley Blakeway.

Both Fitzgerald and Blakeway contributed a pair of RBIs in the Anacoco win over Negreet in the second round of the Class B playoffs, while it was Blakeway who drove in the two runs in the win over DeRidder.

Following Blakeway in the lineup is third baseman Cammy Hooks, second baseman Ashlynn Chaney and outfielder Shelby Welch.

The Lady Indians have a very difficult road if they want to reach the state finals for the first time since losing to Florien back in 2014.

If Anacoco can get past Zwolle in the state quarterfinals on Thursday, a possible Saturday morning matchup looms against either No. 1 Holden or a very familiar foe in the Pitkin Lady Tigers.

Provided the Lady Indians can reach the state finals, a matchup against the second-ranked Florien Lady Blackcats is possible.