By Cody Johnson
Newcastle Fastpitch took out the No. 4 ranked Blanchard Lady Lions last Thursday in a game that went two extra innings.
It seemed like no one could score. Each team would get runners on base but no one could hit them home before three outs were made.
"We should have won it early. We threatened three times and then came the big hit. We had runners at second and first. I thought the ball went further, called her on to third base and she gets thrown out," head coach Mike Crossley said.
Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, with a runner on third, Karmyn Pearn hits one to the fence to win the game for the Lady Racers.
Emily Cerny has been on fire on the mound this season. In one stint she struck out 57 batters in 4 games.
The Lady Racers then traveled to Jones for a tournament over the weekend. At the Jones tournament Newcastle played the 5A school Bishop McGuinness and walked away with a 4-3 win last Friday.
Next up the Lady Racers squared off against Luther. Yet again Newcastle walked away with another victory, 4-1.
Newcastle has been winning but actually dropped in the rankings from the No. 14 spot to the No. 15 spot despite already having shut out four teams this season that are currently ranked ahead of them.
When you step up to the plate, it does not matter what the rankings say. You better be ready to play.
The Junior High Lady Racers are out to a blazing start this season. Thus far the Lady Racers have compiled 12 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. The Junior High Racers started practicing at the beginning of July in anticipation for a good season. Under newly named Head Coach Chance Scott and new assistant Casey Carolan the Lady Racers prepared for the upcoming season. The Racers have 23 players on the roster including six returning starters from last years team.
In the first outing of the year, the Lady Racers played in the Irving Festival in Norman, where they defeated Noble, Whittier, and Irving. They also had a tie with Longfellow. The following Monday the Lady Racers suffered their first loss of the young season at the hands of the Tuttle Lady Tigers. The next day the team traveled to Purcell to play a very tough game, but were victorious in their efforts. " This was one of the most exciting games I have been involved in, in my 15 years of coaching," said Head Coach Chance Scott. With their spirits still riding high the Lady Racers next challenge would be the Lady Lions from Blanchard. The Lions tried to rally late in the game but the Racers were able to hold on for the win.
The next challenge for the Lady Racers would be the Tuttle Tournament. The Racers took out the OKC Lady Broncos in the first round. Then in the second round the Racers had to go extra innings to beat Mustang North. In the third round the Lady Bobcats were next on the bracket. The Lady Racers emerged victorious once again. Then in the semifinals Newcastle lost to South Moore. In the third place game the Lady Racers bounced back and beat a very tough Dale squad.
The following week the JH Racers traveled to Lexington where they collected yet a another win. Then continuing the hot streak they took wins over Bridge Creek and Lindsay later in the week.
Three ladies share time in the circle for the Racers, Brianna Jackson, Taryn O’Brien, and Mackenzie Wagoner. "It's a rare and fun time when you can have three pitchers in Junior High that you can in the circle and know you can compete with anyone." stated Coach Scott.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Lady Racers fastpitch team went 2-0 last Thursday and Friday as they traveled down to Lindsay for the Lindsay Festival.
Newcastle began the festival by playing Ninnekah at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. They rolled through the Ninnekah Owls 17-0.
The next game of the day came at 1:15 p.m. when the Lady Racers faced off against the Lindsay Leopards. Newcastle blew away the Leopards in that face off 6-0.
When the Lady Racers returned on Friday the rains came with them. Their Friday game of the Lindsay festival was canceled leaving them with a 2-0 record.
The Lady Racers will travel next weekend to Bixby for an all-day Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournament.
The Newcastle Lady Racers fastpitch team took on ninth-ranked Mount Saint Mary Monday defeating them 1- 0 in the eighth inning.
A walk off double by Kindle Nelms hit Lainee Grider into home to win in the second extra inning. Cerny only allowed three hits the entire game and struck out 17.
This win along with two wins from last Saturday bumped the Lady Racers up in the state rankings from 20 to 11.
The Lady Racers traveled to Shawnee last Saturday for the Hall of Fame Shootout and did not take any mercy on their opponents.
"Emily is getting better and better, she struck out 27 Saturday," Head Coach Mike Crossley said.
Led on the mound by Emily Cerny, Newcastle took down Elk City 1-0 and one of the top ranked teams in 5A, Claremore 5-0.
Next the Lady Racers will travel to Lindsay Thursday for a two-game lineup with the Ninnekah Owls at 11:15 a.m. and the Lindsay Leopards at 1:45 p.m.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Varsity Lady Racer's Fast-pitch team lost their first head-to-head game of the 2014 season 0-8 on Monday at home against the Tuttle Tigers.
With E. Cerny on the mound pitching the entire game, the Lady Racers looked strong on the field, but a couple two-run innings and one four-run inning left the Lady Racers behind in the fifth inning 8-0 with a run-rule finish.
In the top of the first inning, Tuttle's first batter struck out by Cerny's pitches. The second Tiger up to bat scored a triple, which was followed up by an in the park homerun.
Unshaken by the two scored runs, Cerny struck another batter out to put an end to the Tigers early lead.
With the Racers up to bat in the bottom of the first, they didn't waste anytime getting on base. Crossley bunted her way on first but was forced out at second base when Vandiver bunted her way onto first. With two balls hit from Cerny and Workman to the outfield that were caught by Tigers, the Lady Racers ended the first inning 0-2.
In the second inning, Newcastle held off Tuttle but was unable to hit any runner home.
The third inning was when the Tigers pulled away. A single by the third Tiger batter hit two runners home and was followed by a stolen second base. A double and a single hit two more runners home before the Lady Racers were able to mount a defense, which obtained the final two outs via strikeout.
Bottom of the third, the Lady Racers' first three batters hit a good piece of the ball but were either caught or forced out at first base.
In the fourth inning the Tigers hit two more runners home. Trying to stage a comeback, Newcastle spent the next two innings smacking the ball, but the Tigers managed to hold off the assault, which left the Lady Racers run-ruled 0-8 at the end of the fifth inning.
With a storm blowing in, the junior varsity Fast Pitch game, set for immediately following the varsity game, was cancelled. The Lady Racers return to action Thursday against the Purcell Lady Dragons at 5:30 p.m. in Newcastle.
After a 3-1 start to the season including wins over Blanchard, Harding Charter and Putnam City, Lady Racers Head Coach Byron Mooney has to find a way to stop the slide.
The Lady Racers entered the Putnam North tournament 2-1 and started things off with a 18-3 clobbering of the Lady Lions on Mar. 13. After dropping a 12-0 loss to Westmoore later that day, Newcastle closed the day out with an 8-0 blanking of Norman North.
It was the next day that the Lady Racers started their slide.
“We played ten games in that first week, and I’ve got 12 girls out,” Mooney said. “We started out strong, but we got tired.”
This early in the season coming off of winter, much of his team is not in playing shape, Mooney said.
“We just have to put it out better,” the second-year coach said. “We need to come out of the break rested and not play ten games in a week, we’ll be okay.”
The schedule does not relent for Mooney in the following days. After Mar. 25 matchups with Little Axe and Bridge Creek, the Lady Racers turn around two days later for a road trip to Bethel. That is followed up Mar. 31 with games against Washington and Harrah.
Despite the early season slump, Mooney sees a marked improvement over his first year.
“We started much better this year,” Mooney said. “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish for sure. We hope to put it together and have a better run.”
The Lady Racers next home game is Mar. 31 against Washington.
Senior Corbi Parasich signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Oklahoma Baptist University Lady Bison with (from right) mother Renee Pendergraft-Parasich, father John Parasich Jr., and OBU head coach Pam Fink on Monday, Feb. 10
OBU is a private four-year school located in Shawnee.
The Lady Bison play in the Sooner Athletic Conference of the NAIA.
Newcastle senior Stacia Bradford has signed her letter of intent to play softball for Northern Oklahoma College.
A transfer student from Garber, Bradford was a leader for the Lady Racers this season until injuries suffered in a car accident kept her from playing in regionals, Lady Racers head coach Mike Crossley said.
Despite the injury, Bradford was a 2013 All State selection.
Coached by 13-year veteran Karie Linsenmeyer, the Lady Mavericks compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Established in Tonkawa in 1901, NOC is a two-year community college with a total enrollment of about 2,700 students, with campuses in Tonkawa and Enid.
An issue for the team all year, the Newcastle Lady Racer bats came alive Monday night, as they routed the visiting McLoud Lady Redskins 8-0 in front of a vibrant home crowd at Racer Softball Field.
Newcastle (13-9) has been working to improve their fundemental offensive skills all season, and have begun a bit of a winning streak since going 1-3 in the Carl Albert Tournament.
The offensive work was on display as the Lady Racers exploded against fellow Class 4A opponent McLoud.
“We were up 5-0 going into the sixth, then we scored three more in the sixth,” Crossley said.
Sophomore pitcher Abby Sanner turned in another solid performance in the circle for the Lady Racers, whlle multiple players including junior Kobi Crossley, senior Addison White and senior Allison McGary registered two hits or more.
“Overall as a team, we played real well,” Crossley said. “We swung it much better, put the ball into play, had very few strikeouts, and that makes it tough on opponents. When you do things like that, you give yourself a chance to win.”
Newcastle’s schedule does not let up heading into the final weeks of the softball regular season. An upcoming home date with fifth-ranked Tecumseh, as well as tournament appearances against larger opponents such as Stillwater and Sand Springs means the Lady Racers will not be coasting by before the state tournament.
“Sometimes it is tough to tell when you’re playing the type of people we are, but [McLoud] was another 4A team, and you see what we did to them,” Crossley said. “Playing top notch teams ... it’s just like murderer’s row. It’s not for the meek at heart. You have to be tough to play our schedule, because a tough schedule makes a tough team.”
Newcastle is 7-1 against Class 4A opponents, and is 6-8 against teams in a higher class.
The Lady Racers next home game is Monday, Sept. 30, when Newcastle takes on seventh-ranked Bethel.
The Newcastle Lady Racers went in to the toughest part of their schedule hoping to test themselves.
They got what they wanted, as well as insight on what to work on going forward.
The Lady Racers went 1 for 4 at the Carl Albert tournament, held Sept. 13 and 14 in Midwest City. Despite defeating the Shawnee Lady Wolves, Newcastle fell to Moore, Chickasha and Carl Albert high schools.
“It’s an extremely tough tournament against some of the top teams in the state,” head coach Mike Crossley said. “They’re schools that are not in our class, that are larger than us, and just some of the top teams around.”
The difficult schedule is key for preparing the Lady Racers (12-9) for the rest of their district schedule and the playoffs, Crossley said.
Newcastle opened up the tournament with a 4-1 loss to the Chickasha Lady Chicks, followed by a 6-0 win over Shawnee. The Moore Lady Lions then smashed Newcastle 10-0, and the tournament ended with a 5-0 loss to the Carl Albert Lady Titans.
“Hits were hard to come by,” Crossley said. “I thought for the most part our two pitchers, Abby Sanner and Emily Cerney, threw really well.”
Cerney was credited with the win over Shawnee.
The Lady Racers lost a game from their schedule when a road game against Okarche was cancelled due to weather Monday, Sept. 16. Their next game will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at home against Okarche.