SIMPSON — In the previous three seasons, the Simpson Lady Broncos had won only 16 games.

SIMPSON — In the previous three seasons, the Simpson Lady Broncos had won only 16 games.

But with the appearance of some very young and talented players, a renaissance of sorts has begun in the land of the Lady Broncos.

Simpson (14-12) will take on the top-seeded Plainview Lady Hornets at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Class C state quarterfinals at Sulphur’s Frasch Park.

The Lady Broncos have seen their share of success over the years, having won championship gold in both Class B and Class C.

In fact, it was the Lady Broncos which stopped the stranglehold Linville had for years on the Class C state championship trophy, when current head coach, Jessica Bolton Dooley, was a member of that squad.

That was a young group of players as well, but this crew is even younger than the crew which beat Linville.

The Lady Broncos feature a number of seventh-graders who see substantial playing time, including pitcher Emily Collins.

Collins has pitched almost every inning this year for the Lady Broncos, while fellow seventh-graders Kiersten Standifer and Alexis Merriman see lots of time on the field.

The Lady Broncos do have some senior leadership in the form of Whitney Counts.

Additionally, the Lady Broncos feature some veteran leadership from Payton Miller, an all-stater a year ago, Ashley Addison and catcher Sarah Flatt.

The Lady Broncos have also gotten solid play from Tajah Bennett en route to reaching the state tournament.

The Lady Broncos pulled off a stunner in defeating the Evans Lady Eagles during District 3-C play, 3-2, to grab a share of the league championship.

However, the Lady Broncos were unable to procure a home game in the first round, having to travel to Jonesboro to face No. 8 Saline last week.

After scoring a single run in the first inning of play, Simpson scored three times in each of the next four innings to take control of the game, moving on to the Class C state tournament with a 13-0 victory.

Once again, the Lady Broncos take to the field at 5 p.m. Thursday evening against the No. 1 Plainview Lady Hornets, a state finalist from a year ago.