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April 29, 2014

Another Chicks comeback seals regional hosting rights

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Noble scored a run each in the first and second innings thanks to a single by Caleb Peters and Brayden Buol's contact that brought around Michael Murphy. Belden offered a response from the plate in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to bring in Derek Sullivan.

But Sullivan's work was most effectively done from short stop. He recorded all three put outs in the top of the third to keep Noble off the board, while Brock Henderson at third made up the rest of the wall between the Bears and left field.

Back-to-back singles from Davis and Jake Womack in the bottom of the fourth got Chickasha going, and two well-executed bunts from Belden and Shumway brought them around to give them the lead.

Belden struck out two in the fifth and one each in the sixth and seventh, the only blemish a leadoff double from Brady Bradshaw to make things slightly uncomfortable. It's not the first time Chickasha has produced a solid comeback win at home, and as such probably won't be their last as they head into the postseason.

"I think that's how we're going to win games, that's how we play," Gore said. "If we get behind, we're never out of the game, and if we get a lead, we can hold them off. I'm really proud of these guys. They've worked hard this season, they're a great group of kids and we've just got to keep trudging."

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