Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Castle Softball Peaking at Right Time ; Knights Hope Best Games Still Ahead of Them

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Castle Softball Peaking at Right Time ; Knights Hope Best Games Still Ahead of Them

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Through the years, Castle High School softball coach Pat Lockyear has preached it isn't always how talented your team is, it's a matter of peaking at the right time. Well, the Knights (19-10) may have played their best game of the season in blanking Reitz 4-0 in the Class 4A sectional championship game Saturday at Cooper Stadium. They hope it carries over to their regional game at 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Floyd Central (24-4).

"It was our best from the standpoint of a complete game," Lockyear said. "We played all phases of the game pretty well."

If the Knights continue to perform at that level, it will be a case of an opponent beating them; they won't beat themselves, Lockyear said.

He said several Floyd Central players remember Castle's regional victory over the Highlanders two years ago, and they played with a chip of their shoulder in blanking the Knights, 8-0, in the championship game of the Jasper Invitational on April 19.

"We had to fight through a couple of games and they caught us not playing a very good game," Lockyear said. "We got off to a very bad start."

Castle has more pop than most teams in the middle of its order.

Cleanup hitter Jamie Lenn, a junior left fielder, tied the school record of seven home runs, set by Amanda Pravdica in 2007. Lenn also has team highs in runs batted in (26) and batting average (. 393). Cyporah Kirk, a junior first baseman-pitcher, has three homers, 22 RBIs and is hitting.368. Emma Raibley, a sophomore pitcher, is 10-9 with a 2.49 earned-run average.

Gibson Southern, 26-3 and ranked No. 3, will travel to Heritage Hills (21-9) for a Class 3A regional at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Titans had to come from behind to beat Heritage Hills 3-2 on May 17.

"They have a very good coach (Joe Asbury) and they have a lot of tradition," said Gibson Southern coach Gary May. "They've got a senior pitcher who has been around in Kaitlin Kralj. She is experienced, has a nice fastball and she can make the ball move and locates her pitches."

Titans freshman Jaime Nurrenbern is 11-0 with a 0. …

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