The Olney Lady Cubs ended their playoff run with a pair of regional quarterfinal losses to Windthorst Friday, May 10, at Graham.
“The Windthorst series was a playoff round I looked forward to,” said Coach Mark McCorkle. “Going into the series, I knew we would have to play our best and get some breaks to beat them.”
It seemed as though Olney was getting those breaks in game one, as a home run by Jennifer Garcia with two runners on base put Olney up 3-0 in the first inning. However, that was Olney’s last scoring hit in the entire match as the Lady Cubs lost the first game 6-3 and the second 6-0.
“Not too many breaks went our way after that,” he said. “Balls took a bad bounce to infielders, hits were foul by inches and the opponent made some good defensive plays. I was proud of the girls for hanging in there the entire series. Even at the end of the second game, down by six runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady Cubs kept fighting and had back-to-back singles to show that we never give up.”
In the first game, Jennifer Garcia led the team with a home run and a single, while Hunter Riggins had a triple and Vivian Garcia and Laura Garcia each hit a single.
Vivian Garcia pitched all six innings for Olney, giving up 13 hits but throwing 54 strikes against 31 batters.
In game two, the Lady Cubs had a few hits recorded, including two singles from Samantha Mayes and one single apiece from Keeley Rollings, Jennifer Garcia and Vivian Garcia.
On the mound, Vivian Garcia pitched all seven innings. She struck out 11 batters, gave up 11 hits and threw 74 total strikes and 27 balls.
Overall, McCorkle, in his first season coaching in Olney, said he was thrilled with the way the girls played.
“They overcame numerous obstacles to achieve the success they did,” McCorkle said. “Each time misfortune came their way, they rose to the challenge and accepted that sometimes things don’t go as you want them to. Each time they stuck together as a team and found a way to make the best of the situation and still be as successful as possible. More than anything else, they learned to believe in their abilities, as individuals and as a team. This is why they were successful.”
He also credited the community that surrounds the school district with helping keep the girls going through the roughest parts of the season, and well into the playoffs.
“The girls were so excited about the enthusiasm and support that was shown by this community,” he said.
McCorkle noted that the sendoffs for the girls’ out-of-town playoff games made the team members proud of the community they were traveling to represent, and made them feel as though the hard work they had been putting in on the field was worthwhile.
“They knew the fans were behind them all the way,” he said. “The fans that turned out for the games were great as well. Their support and cheering for the girls was awesome. Yes, we came up short on the scoreboard in the last games, but these girls helped make memories that will last a lifetime, for players, coaches and supporters.”