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April 2, 2014

Fightin' Chicks fight back in Carl Albert clash

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CHICKASHA —

Today, they put two in play right off the bat. Luke Dixon's leadoff single nearly led to a first inning Chickasha lead when Brooks Bush sent one up the middle. Titans center fielder Steve Thompson saved his team with a perfect throw to catcher Logan Welchel who easily tagged Dixon out at home.

Chickasha's defense proved just as stingy. Belden struck out 6' 3", 235-pound infielder Gavin LaValley in the opening frame and later with two on for the second out in the fifth.

But when he walked Cameron Warren to load the bases with two outs, Gore decided it was time to throw something new at Carl Albert in the form of senior Cade Morris. Still settling in, Morris ended up walking in the Titans' only run before striking out Garrett Wages to end the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, still down 1-0, freshman Brock Henderson came onto the mound with one out and the bases loaded. Relief pitcher Justin McGregor struck out looking before Henderson disposed of LaValley, his third strikeout of the afternoon, to keep the deficit at one.

That and leadoff Dixon getting the leadoff walk provided momentum for the turnaround. Bush laid down a well-executed bunt to advance Dixon and Morris followed in step to load the bases. Derek Sullivan's shot down the third base line was handled by LaValley but dropped as Carl Albert tried to get Dixon out at home. 

All tied up, Tresjon Davis brought in the winner in similar fashion. This time it was a roller down the first base line. Initially bobbled, Davis was put out at first, but in the meantime Bush crossed home for the go-ahead run.

A three up three down in the top of the seventh secured yet another close win for Chickasha. It's something fans may have to get used to; Gore said this team understands how to get wins using the skills they have. That may not necessarily result in calm hearts.

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