Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

February 5, 2014

Newton's McCoy headed to Lincoln Trail

Ryan Czachorski
Effingham Daily News

NEWTON — Despite not being Newton's number one pitcher last season, Karsyn McCoy showed enough as a junior to interest colleges in her abilities.

McCoy put pen to paper last week, signing to play with Lincoln Trail College on Monday at Newton High School.

The Newton senior said she had a number of teams interested, but Lincoln Trail was the best fit.

"I had a lot of offers come in," she said. "For the first two years, I just wanted to stay a little closer to home. Most of them are junior schools, I had a couple four year schools but I didn't want to go there just yet."

McCoy was part of a strong Eagles pitching staff last year, with herself and Keidrah Hardiek leading Newton to the top seed of the Lawrenceville Regional.

Newton won its first game with a 10-0 win over Lawrenceville, but fell in the final to Fairfield 4-3.

This year, McCoy will be the ace, and understands the role that places on her shoulders, both with the Newton players and in regards to Lincoln Trail.

"Mostly, getting my pitches down and being more in charge than last year," she said. "I have to be more in control of myself and my pitches and know everything that's going on around me. Do things that are expected out of me."

After the upcoming campaign, she'll transition to being a Lady Statesman full time. The team struggled in 2013, according to the Great Rivers Athletic Conference website, going 11-33 overall with a 7-25 record.

McCoy's interest in the program and what ultimately led the Newton senior to Lincoln Trail went far behind their win-loss record.

"When I went to visit, their team is just like a family, so that made my decision a lot easier," she said.

While the snow fell Tuesday afternoon, shutting down all of the local sports schedule, McCoy and the Eagles are getting closer to the season starting. The Eagles' season opens on March 22, when they travel to the Olney Invitational.

The Eagles will look to take a step forward in a strong LIC, with teams like Olney and Class 1A runner-up Cumberland, but McCoy knows it won't be the last time she steps on a diamond. For that, she's grateful.

"It felt more like a weight lifted off my shoulders," she said. "I don't know my entire future, but the next two years are set in stone. It's good to know I was wanted and get to keep playing the game I love."