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April 2, 2013

Chickasha baseball walks to easy wins over Ardmore

CHICKASHA — The Chickasha High School baseball team earned its 16th and 17th wins of the season Monday night at Elliott Field against district opponent Ardmore.

Originally scheduled as a home-and-home with the Tigers to be played Monday and Tuesday, the two teams agreed to play a doubleheader Monday night because of forecasted storms Tuesday.

The Fightin’ Chicks swept the doubleheader with two shutouts, 8-0 and 10-0, continuing a trend of blowouts for No. 4 Chickasha.

Chickasha has won seven games in a row since losing to No. 1 Carl Albert on March 25. In five of the Chicks’ last six games, they’ve shut out their opponents. They’ve scored 162 runs this season and allowed only 50.

“We’re going to have little spells where things don’t go our way, and we’re just fortunate that we’ve got pitching and defense to hold the other team down,” head coach Brad Gore said.

Chickasha had no errors in either game. Lane Smith pitched a complete game shutout in game one, striking out 11 batters and allowing seven hits.

In the second game, Cade Morris went all five innings and only gave up one hit.

“I’m proud of the kids for winning two ball games,” Gore said. “It wasn’t really like what we’ve been playing, just one of those days when pitching dominated the game. That’s the main thing, if we just keep throwing the ball over the plate.

"I don’t think Lane walked anybody and Cade might have walked two. Two good pitching performances in district games, and however you win them, you win them.”

Chickasha had more runs than hits in both games, and in the second game scored 10 runs on only three hits.

Donovan Kuykendall started the second game and pitched 4.1 innings before being relieved by C.J. Long. Long proceeded to throw 15 straight balls and walk four batters before being taken out of the game without recording an out.

“They didn’t give us much of a chance to hit there,” Gore said. “Those two pitchers are decent kids, but when they’re not around the zone it kind of puts the hitters to sleep and we didn’t get to hit a whole lot. They put us on base via the walks.”

The challenge lately for Chickasha hasn’t been winning games; it’s been finding a challenge and a way to stay sharp in the midst of so many lopsided wins.

“That’s a little concerning,” Gore said. “Part of it is that we didn’t have much intensity today, and a lot of that is due to that. I don’t know what we can do really. We’re going to have some good practices.”

Chickasha’s next game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday at Duncan High School.

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