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May 8, 2014

Irish revenge ends Chickasha's season

CHICKASHA —

It was the type of game Chickasha has won numerous times throughout this season, but this time it ended all so differently.

There will be no state tournament for the Fightin' Chicks ( this year after a 3-0 loss to Bishop McGuinness on Thursday. Such a low scoring affair is usually highlighted with a bumper inning for the Chicks, the kind that has brought them success all year. 

"They just didn't come," Gore said. "If you don't score any runs, you're not going to win. We talked before the game that if we held them to two or three runs, we thought we could win the game. It just didn't happen."

But it never came. The Irish left seven Chickasha base runners stranded with Jacob Lawton and Brian Canfield on the mound, exacting revenge for a loss to Chickashas at this same stage of the season last year at the same venue.

"It's like I told the guys, it wasn't from lack of effort," Gore said. "I thought the guys played extremely hard. All the pitchers threw well. I'm proud of our kids, I thought they competed extremely hard. It's sports; that's the way it happens sometimes."

McGuinness leapt to the lead early. A two-out single to left by second baseman Mike Neuberger resulted in a 1-0 lead when Jordan Edwards sent a double into the right field corner.

A Derek Sullivan single to leadoff the second would eventually give Chickasha a runner in scoring position, but three consecutive groundouts left the run at third. 

An otherwise spotless Fightin' Chicks defensive outing was marred by two errors in the bottom of the second that left a bigger hill to climb. Cameron Branum reached on one before stealing second. When the throw to first on a JP Joyce bunt went over first, it took the Irish catcher to third and Branum across home plate for the 2-0 lead.

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