June 12, 2013

Young Chicks shine, defeat Duncan

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


After the long trip north, Duncan softball came away from Chickasha empty handed after the Lady Chicks triumphed in both summer league games.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning and getting pegged back by Duncan in the second, the Lady Chicks stormed on to a 4-2 win in the first game Tuesday night behind the pitching of incoming freshman Keely Cauthan. In the second game, Chickasha came out on top 8-4. Despite getting the runs they need, head coach Dennis Furr believes his side can achieve even higher marks and hopes to get more out of them in the games to come.

"Against that caliber of pitcher, we should have hit the ball better," Furr said. "It was good enough. I thought we could have done better. When you play at a level you don't think is your best and still win, it's a good thing; but, it can also be a little concerning. We've got a few things we'll work on."

It was a night for up-and-comers as Chickasha tinkered with their line-up between games as each player continues to get action in real-time game scenarios. Some of the more familiar names took charge in the first game to come out with the two-run win. Tawn Neidy scored two runs while going 2-2 at the plate, including a triple in the first inning to give Chickasha its first lead of the night.

Neidy scored the extra run in the third inning to give Chickasha the 4-2 lead after Shorty Clift got a lead-off double, stole third and came across home plate off a wild throw.

Despite not pitching, usual starter Kelsi Gore contributed from the plate as she also went 2-2, scored a run and earned an RBI. 

"She pitched Monday night in Lawton, and we've got a lot of things going on with some of the girls away at basketball camp," Furr said. "[Gore] can play in a few positions. Even when she's not pitching, she can still contribute."

Catcher Tori Smith got two singles from her two at bats.

In game two, the Chickasha line-up put many more junior varsity and incoming freshman players in the spotlight, and they delivered with the four-run victory. Duncan took a 1-0 lead out of the first inning, but were blanked in the second inning. The Lady Chicks then took a 3-1 lead and never gave it up. With the score 3-2 in the third, a double from Sydney McHugh brought in two runs to take the lead to three. 

Duncan answered with two runs of their own in the top of the fourth, but Karlye Weber's second single of the night kick started the three runs Chickasha needed to put the game out of reach.

The second game also gave incoming freshman Dayanna Daniels her first chance on the mound. After getting through the first inning, Furr said he thought the young pitcher performed well in her first game scenario.

"She did a good job," Furr said. "I've seen her pitch in practice, but this is the first time I've seen her in a game. Most of what she threw were strikes and she gave us a chance to make a play on the ball."