Class 4A baseball: Newcastle rallies to top Poteau in rain-delayed game
EDMOND — What a difference three days can make.
For Newcastle, that was the message throughout its long wait to complete the Class 4A state quarterfinal game with Poteau.
Over a three-day-period, the Racers hit in their indoor batting barn, they hit on the field when able, they talked and they bonded. They had three innings to extend their season Tuesday.
They really only needed one.
Newcastle scored nine runs in a stunning fifth inning three days after rain postponed its game midway through to rally for a 10-5 win over Poteau in Tuesday’s state quarterfinal game at Edmond Santa Fe.
The Racers advanced to play Harrah at 4 p.m. later in the day.
“The three days helped,” Newcastle coach Mike Crossley said. “We were reeling a little bit. They had us. The good Lord rained. It gave us a chance to regroup.”
Poteau led 4-0 after one inning Friday with pitcher Carson Cheek singling in two runs and another scoring on an error. Cheek scored on a sacrifice fly.
Then the lefty baffled Newcastle’s hitters until rain fell.
Tuesday, he did not return to the mound. The Racers quickly chased relievers Jackson Green and Easton Francis with neither recording an out. Cheek came back, but was not as effective.
Newcastle sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, drawing five walks and gathering just three hits.
“We knew our backs were against the wall, but we’ve been there before,” said Newcastle pitcher Carsten Kates, who pitched a complete game across two different days. “We could come back and that’s exactly what we did.”