As the 2015 baseball season came to a close, Coach Patrick McCarty reflected on the year, commenting that the team greatly improved from the beginning of the season to the end. “I am proud of how they played all year,” he said. “They are a good bunch guys and are all real scrappers.” Coach McCarty’s first year at Barnsdall ended with a District Championship. “I’ll be losing five seniors this year, but we have a lot of talented guys coming back.”
On April 23rd and 24th, Barnsdall hosted the District tournament which included the Panthers, South Coffeyville, and Owasso’s Rejoice Christian Academy. The Panthers defeated South Coffeyville in the first game with a 16-1 score, and then went on to beat Rejoice 4-2. Next on the bracket, Barnsdall came out with a loss to Rejoice 6-8. In the finals, Barnsdall again won against Rejoice with an impressive 10-3 score. Seniors Ethan Shaw and Brandon Marshall pitched for the win against the South Coffeyville Lions in the District game. Freshman James Cole pitched the first game, Junior Joe Gott pitched the second, and Freshman Payton McCarty pitched the third game against the Rejoice Eagles.
The Class A Regional Tournament was hosted by Preston, where the Panthers faced the number 8 ranked team and also the Panthers, Amber Pocasset, and won the first game 4-0. James Cole pitched the first game. Number 11 ranked Ripley came out with a win against the Panthers with a 4-0 score. Barnsdall’s third game of the tournament against the ninth ranked Preston Pirates was another win for the Panther’s 9-7. Payton McCarty pitched against the Pirates for the win. The season ending game for the Panthers was another loss to Ripley with a 7-5 score.
Coach McCarty said, “Joe Gott and Cameron Turley both had 2 big hits against Amber. Spenser Wilson had three great hits in that game. We were really hitting well, with Ethan Shaw, Brandon Marshall and Payton McCarty all getting hits. Marshall also had three hits in the game against Preston. Joe, Ethan, Payton and Chandler Bryant all had 2 hits. I am really proud of all of the guys this year.”
by Elaine Wilson