August 29, 2013

Chickasha softball puts ten past Altus

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


Ten was the bigger number on the scoreboard, but the zero on the same line as the visitors signified a solid defensive performance as Chickasha softball shutout Altus.

On three occasions, the Lady Chicks pulled out double plays and kept three Altus runners on base to maintain their overwhelming lead. Over six innings Chickasha managed to also initiate the 10-run rule and come out of the contest still undefeated for the season.

A double from pitcher Kelsi Gore started the rout in the first inning, with Shorty Clift crossing home plate after she got on base from an error. Clift provided a different kind of boost later on in the game.

Gore saw a few more batters reach first base from her pitching then usual on the night, but Altus was unable to turn those six hits into any runs thanks to some heads-up fielding. In the top of the second, Altus had Taylor Warrington and Carsyn King on first and third, respectively. The pitch to Alexis Williams was quickly hurled to first by Chickasha catcher Lynnsie Elam, where Brooklin Burns made the catch and the tag. 

In the meantime, King found herself between two minds as she tried to head home after the throw to first. Burns immediately saw the scenario, and after a quick back and forth, King found herself tagged out trying to reach third. 

Burns turned around with the bat and sent the first pitch of the bottom of the second sailing over center for a solo home run. Later, a double from Burns brought in two more runs to cap an impressive offensive performance that helped the Lady Chicks to a 7-0 lead with three innings down.

Clift pulled off the play of the game for Chickasha in the top of the fourth. With Riley Kinder on first for Altus, Sommer Sturdevant sent a hit flying over Clift's head in center field. But, the fast-paced Clift immediately got a beat on the ball and stretched her glove out for the catch with her back to the field. Without hesitation, she then sent the ball back infield where Kinder was too far off first base to avoid the double-play. 

Another run in the fifth set up the run-rule opportunity for Chickasha going into the sixth. With Elam on base, Amanda Bradford took her turn to send a ball deep and ended the game with a two-run homer.