North Rock Creek Crown Captures 5A Slow Pitch Case

Written by Brian Johnson Sports Editor [email protected]

OKLAHOMA CITY – In a short amount of time, it took North Rock Creek Lady Cougars to reach dominion.

North Rock Creek capped off an impressive 30-9 season by capturing the Class 5A State Slow Pitch Championship Monday night at the ASA Hall of Fame with a 15-0 win over Perkins-Tryon in just three rounds.

This was only the second time ever that Lady Cougars had appeared in a slow pitch state tournament.

“This was probably the best performance we’ve had all year (in the state),” said NRC coach Chance Griffin. “They came to play and were locked up for the whole qualifier.”

Griffin points to evidence that the Lady Cougars have won two state tournament games by base running, two regional competitions by base running and three playoffs by base running.

“The way they performed was amazing,” Griffin said. “We have good players and they are better people. They fight like sisters. They get strong with each other, they are hard on themselves and they expect the best.”

NRC’s only senior Jayden Haney praised her teammates as she will soon be part of the school’s first graduating class later this month.

“I am very proud of the team and how far we have come,” said Hani. “Get down to focus, trust each other, and commit.”

Haney will play fast-paced softball at Eastern Oklahoma State College next year.

“We make history. What a great way out, said Hani.

Griffin praised Haney for her professional efforts.

“Jaden is everyone’s mother bear and she is an incredible character. Everyone respects her and she is a role model,” said Griffin.

In previous matches on Monday, Lady Couger crushed Plainview 21-5 in the first round and broke the arc 10-5 in the semifinals at the Hall of Fame Complex.

North Rock Creek 15, Perkins Tryon 0 (championship match)

The Lady Cougars totaled just nine hits and were assisted by a whopping 13 walks released by the Lady Demon pitching crew.

Katie Larson, Halle Hacker and Rainey Bass combined two hits each.

Larson led three runs with a double run to the right field in the second half and one RBI in the third round in the 2-for-3 go. Hacker also finished 2-for-3 with a single in the second and a single tworun in the middle in the third. The bass sound was 2 for 2 with RBI at second and third.

The NRC scored seven runs in the second and another eight in the third to finish the competition.

Bass’s singles match towards right center ended.

The Lady Cougars’ other three hits came from Morgan Campbell (1 vs. 1 with a walk), Caty Baack (1 vs. 2 with a single RBI) and Sarah Campbell (1 vs. 3 with a double and one RBI).

Buck also singles out Perkins-Tryon with two hits – a double by Chesni Lowery and a single by Jenna Brown. The only rally that Buck released was intentional.

North Rock Creek 10, Broken Bow 5 (Semifinals)

Molly Campbell and Earlywine toured their home grounds while Lady Cougars took off for the state title game.

The NRC hit two unearned runs in Lady Savage’s first pair of misses.

Lady Cougar clocked another three per second out of Molly Campbell’s blast at center per second. Larson later chose the RBI from one and Earlywine was intentionally going with the loaded bases as the running record to make it 5-0.

With Broken Bow on the board in third, Lady Savages brought him too close to a break after Kennedee Brittain pulled Homer’s triple belt to pull Broken Bow out for a spin.

It was 5-4 until the fifth when Erlewine smashed her solo shot to the left making it 6-4.

NRC then finished recording with four sixths as bass hit RBI through the left side of the field. Larson later had a one-time right and Sarah Campbell’s sacrifice fly made it 10-4.

Larson, Molly Campbell, and Bass combined two competition successes. Larson fell (2 for 4) in two rounds while Molly Campbell (2 vs. 4) and Bass (2 vs. 3) had one RBI piece each.

Baack surrendered 12 hits, but took the cocking win.

North Rock Creek 21, Plainview 5 (1st round, 3 rounds)

The Lady Cougars jumped on the Lady Indians with a 14-round first inning of 13 strokes for Plainview.

He finished NRC with 21 hits and overcame three fouls in the game.

Larson was a perfect 4-for-4, hitting four runs in three duos and two singles as she slipped in another round.

Sarah Campbell’s 3-on-4 performance included three RBIs and Homer’s two appearances.

Seven other Lady Cougars – Haney, Earlywine, Hacker, Buck, Molly Campbell, Bass and Morgan Campbell – collected two hits each.

Haney, hitting the pole position, made it to the base all fours during the singles twice, driving in a run and scoring twice.

After scoring 14 runs in the first, the NRC picked up four in the second and three in the third.

Plainview totaled eight hits and fell victim to three fouls.

Buck pitched all three innings to victory.

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