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McKenzie Carney a Tiger Softball Leader

Sports Writer

LEADOFF HITTER: McKenzie Carney is Broken Arrow’s leadoff hitter in fast-pitch softball this season.

Courtesy Broken Arrow High School Athletic Department

Broken Arrow is rocking the fast-pitch softball world this fall as it sports a 29-3 record as of mid-September. The Lady Tigers were also on a win streak at that point, playing like a championship-caliber team.

Among Broken Arrow’s top players is senior shortstop and leadoff hitter McKenzie Carney.

B.A. finished 20-18 last season. Carney says not having much leadership was a big difference.

“We didn’t really work well together as a team,” Carney says. “This year, we’ve had a lot of younger kids step up, and we work a lot better together. When we work a lot better together, we are really good.”

And that is what she likes most about the game of softball.

“The way we play together, when we really play together is my favorite part,” Carney says.

Carney was batting .484 by mid-month. That included five doubles, two triples, 29 RBI’s, 47 runs scored and an on-base percentage of .548.

When you are in the role of leadoff hitter, how you perform can often determine how your teammates will react, Carney says.

“You really set the tone for the game and how you start the game is how it’s going to go the rest of the game,” she says. “If it starts good, the whole team is going to hit good.”

As the shortstop, Carney says that double plays are always fun. She also recalls a triple play the Lady Tigers made her freshman year. “It was pretty cool,” she says.  
An early season win over Owasso has been the biggest highlight of the season for Broken Arrow.

“We went into extra innings in that game,” Carney says. “Every year we play Owasso, and we always end up losing. But this year, we pulled through in the last inning.”

Broken Arrow would win that game, 6-5, in extra innings.

Carney is committed to play college softball at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

“I really like the coaches, and I know some girls over there and I felt like I would be a good fit over there,” Carney says.

Lexi Dobson from Union and Allie Eicher of Owasso are the players Carney knows who are now at UCO. She chose the Bronchos over NSU, a couple of JUCOs and a couple of schools in Kansas City.

As the regular season winds down, the Lady Tigers are striving for a gold ball, and Carney can envision it.

“I feel like we have a pretty good chance this year,” she says.

One team that will be the most challenging in their quest is Yukon. Carney sees the Lady Millers as the Lady Tigers’ toughest competition.

“They have a pretty good lefty pitcher (Breley Webb) and she throws a lot of good rise balls and we have to adjust to her,” Carney says.

“Most every pitcher we face, it takes a while to adjust to them. But, after a few innings, we get her down,” Carney adds.

“I think everyone must know what their role is on the team and remember how we’ve been successful so far,” Carney says. “If we keep that going, we are pretty well-bonded together and if we don’t do little things like disrupt our bond, and if we just keep playing how we’ve been playing, we’ll have a real good season.”

Updated 10-09-2017

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