While the rest of Newcastle High School was off for spring break, Racer head coach Mike Crossley and the Racer baseball team travelled to Little Axe for the annual Little Axe Invitational baseball tournament.
After advancing to the finals on wins over Bridge Creek and Lindsay, the Racers faltered as they fell to Christian Heritage.
“We didn’t play bad in the finals, we did pretty good,” Crossley said. “We can still improve. We’re getting better with time.”
The Racers (4-3) opened the tournament with a rematch against opening-day foe Bridge Creek. After throttling the Bobcats 21-2 on Mar. 7, the Racers faced stiffer competition from their rural rivals before putting them away 7-5 on Mar. 20.
On Mar. 22, the Racers faced Class 3A Lindsay for the first time in the season, smashing the Leopards 13-3. Newcastle will have a road rematch at Lindsay Mar. 27.
Finally, Newcastle lost to Community Christian, a 2A school, 5-3 on Mar. 24.
While the Racers ability to hit the ball consistantly has improved steadily with time, Crossley’s young pitching staff remains a work in progress, he said.
The Racers played a rematch at Community Christian on Monday, Mar. 24, however a score was not reported before press time Tuesday.