The Newcastle Racers baseball team beat the 10th-ranked Harrah Panthers Saturday to be third in the overall season rankings with a 19-8 record.
The boys will play Classen School of Advanced Studies in the district competition.
“I expect us to win,” Racers baseball coach Mike Crosley said. “Classen is not the strongest of teams and we shouldn’t have any problem with them.”
The team’s play has improved but its defense will need to be more consistent to make it to regionals, Crosley said.
At times we can really swing it well, he said. We’re showing signs of being a really good ball club but, at times, we’re our own worst enemies.
The girl’s softball team lost its final district game Thursday to Little Axe, finishing 14-20 for the season.
“The loss in the 5th game of districts was very disappointing,” softball coach Byron Mooney said in a written statement to the Pacer. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t hit the ball very well or score many runs.”
The Lady Racers were 4-2 early in the season, before sliding into a 12-game losing streak.
The team regained some of its momentum later in the season, going on to win the White bracket championship in the Harrah Tournament.
Playing consistently well was the main problem and it is what the team will work to improve in the future, Mooney said.