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April 11, 2012

Chickasha continues turnaround by beating Duncan

CHICKASHA —  

The Fightin' Chicks baseball team was very close to ending Monday's game against Elgin after the top of the fifth inning, but a few mistakes kept the game going and almost led to a comeback by Duncan at Elliot Field.

Chickasha won 16-10 and swept Duncan in the season series after beating the Demons on Friday as well. But, the Chicks almost let this one slip away.

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, and Chickasha up 9-1, an error on the throw from third to first on a ground ball kept the inning alive. Duncan went on to score five runs in that half of the inning, extending the game.

Chickasha scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but Duncan again answered with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to make it 11-10 going into the bottom of the sixth.

The Chicks were again able to answer, however, and scored five runs on one hit, five walks, and one hit-by-pitch. John Mitchell, who had given up a two-run home run in the top of the sixth in while pitching in relief, got his fifth hit of the game, a three-RBI double.

Mitchell had a monster game offensively, going 5-for-5 with eight RBIs.

Duncan went scoreless in the top of the seventh inning, and the Fightin' Chicks went on to get the victory.

Blake Burns started the game on the mound for Chickasha, and pitched 4.1 innings. He left the game with a 9-1 lead, but had allowed several runners on base by the time he left the game.

"Blake pitched really well, and then he kind of lost it," head coach Brad Gore said. "He's been pitching really well, and there is a lot of emotion in the game. I think he kind of got caught up in that. He's kind of our emotional leader. So he's got to learn when he pitches to tone it down a little bit."

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