August 26, 2013

Lady Chicks double-up on Del City

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


There was a common theme in Chickasha's victorious double-header against Del City Monday night: simple.

At least that's how the Lady Chicks made it look; a no-hitter shutout for pitcher Kelsi Gore in the first game that ended 13-0 and another shutout () win in game two all looked so easy for a team that seems to make their statement for a state championship louder with each outing.

After lead-off Tawn Neidy got a walk and made it across home plate off a wild pitch, Gore really got the offense going for Chickasha. She sent the ball bouncing down the third base line to bring in Shorty Clift in what was a long first inning for Del City.

Another single from Brooklin Burns brought in catcher Lindsey Elam, and before the third out was gone the visiting Lady Eagles were down 4-0.

The onslaught continued in the second. Neidy walked again, then made it across on a wild pitch again. Gore brought in Clift again, this time by fortunately getting to first on an error. It was then Amanda Bradford's turn. Her shot to deep left field only just stayed in, bouncing off the wall. It was enough for a triple and, more importantly, two more runs. 

Burns got another RBI single to keep the second inning run going. The Lady Chicks even managed to bat through the order, giving Karlye Weber another chance after she was thrown out the first time around. She didn't squander it, sending Burns across with a blooper shot over second that fell to the ground as three Del City fielders converged.

Technically, it was a perfect game for Gore on the mound. with nine batters up and nine batters going down. She bagged six of those with strikeouts, while the Lady Chicks defense made sure the other three didn't get far. 

In what turned out to be the final inning, head coach Dennis Furr reminded Chickasha they only needed two more to run-rule the Lady Eagles; they got three. Bradford's single brought Jaycie Brown, pinch running for Gore, across, and a two RBI double from Burns killed off the game.

In an active evening of offense, Burns stood out, going 3-for-3 with a run and four RBI. Bradford went 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBI. Elam went 1-for-1 and walked twice to score three runs.

Game two of the night began  similarly to the first. Shorty Clift got things started with a double and crossed home for the opening run off a sacrifice fly from Gore. After a decent outing in the first game, Tori Smith showed she was saving some for later. Her triple brought in Brown, Bradford and Burns, while Tristin Watkins got Smith across home with a single to make it 5-0 after one inning.

Furr played subs and junior varsity players after that, who all managed to do the rest and keep Chickasha undefeated.

Perhaps even a stronger statement than this that the Lady Chicks are gunning for state, they beat Grove, the team that edged them for the title last year, 10-0 at the Hall of Fame tournament on Saturday.