Brad Gore’s baseball Chicks are looking for nothing less than a state title this spring.

After losing to conference-mate Carl Albert in last year’s 5A state championship game, they got some revenge by beating the Titans for the Red Dirt summer league championship and had a terrific outing in their fall “off-season” developmental league.

They return seven veteran and hungry seniors who have been to state twice now as the nucleus of a very deep and talented team. They have a solid group of underclassmen who can play and have eight arms for a solid pitching rotation.

“I’m excited about our pitching staff,” the coach, a former pitcher himself, said. “We’ve got a lot of depth and have some younger guys who will give us some help.”

Besides the veterans – left-hander Kennedy Winn and hard-throwing righties B.J. Hartis, Heath Wilda and Chance Sneed – Gore has some good young arms coming up.

“Chance Thomas, Christian Fincher and Colin Hightower have really come on over the summer and fall and Tylor Lee will be pitching more this year.”

The versatile Lee, who has caught and played both infield and outfield, will probably see a lot of middle relief work. “He throws a lot of strikes and pitches smart,” accessed his coach.

Blake Taylor, one of the best defensive catchers in the state, will be behind the plate – that’s a given. Hartis will be at first or third, Wilda will be at short and Winn will anchor the outfield in center or double at first when they’re not pitching.

“We’ve got a bunch of guys competing for the other spots. There are still a lot of positions up for grabs and there’s a lot of competition for them. It’s going to come down to who’s hot and who’s hitting,” Gore said when asked about a potential starting nine.

“We’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of guys who can play. Everybody out here wants to play and there’s some good competition going on between them. We’ll see how the scrimmages go and go from there.”

Their twelve-game scrimmage season starts Monday with a trip to Mustang and they’ll host Anadarko Tuesday at Elliott Field at 4 p.m.. The regular season starts with a trip to Deer Creek on Tuesday, March 4 and their home opener will be that Thursday when they host Marlow’s Outlaws.

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