Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
The Chickasha High School baseball team didn't lose a game in the Washita Valley Classic, coming away with a third place finish in the tournament.
Despite being undefeated in pool play, run differential kept the Fightin' Chicks out of the championship game.
The team did not let that disappointment break their focus, and they shut out Heritage Hall for a 5-0 third-place win.
Freshman Braden Belden was Chickasha's starting pitcher, going 3.2 innings and allowing no runs and three hits, striking out four batters and walking two.
Mario Medina pitched 0.1 inning in relief, and junior Cade Morris finished the game.
Only two of Chickasha's runs came as a result of RBIs. Blake Burns was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning for Chickasha's first run.
Lane Smith hit a ground ball in the fourth inning that scored Luke Dixon.
Morris was 2-for-3 and scored once.
Brant Haile only had one hit, but walked three times, scoring once.
Tresjon Davis and Dixon were both 1-for-2.
The teams only played six innings, because the tournament games were on a two-hour time limit.
Chickasha got to the third place game by beating Western Heights 16-0 and Durant 10-0 in run rule victories on Thursday.
Friday, the Fightin' Chicks had to stage a comeback to beat Highway 81 rival El Reno 13-7.
Chickasha is now 15-2 this season, and 5-1 in district games. The Chicks returned to district play Monday at home against Ardmore, and will go to Ardmore on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game.
After that, Chickasha will play two games against Duncan, on the road Friday and at home Monday before starting the Bill Tipton Tournament on April 11.