July 10, 2013

Summer ends for Chicks after elimination

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star


The summer season ended perhaps a little earlier than Chickasha would have wanted when they lost to Binger 13-5 and were eliminated from their own tournament Wednesday evening.

The Bobcats put Chickasha in a deep hole right off the bat with five runs on five hits past starting pitcher Brock Henderson. They picked up two more in the second inning for a gaping 7-0 lead as the game began to get out of hand.

Matters were made worse by the Fightin’ Chicks failing to respond with their bats in the first two innings. The third frame was a different story. Jonathan Gushing was the first to get Chickasha on the board, crossing home off a hit by Brock Henderson. Later, Mario Medina crossed home plate on a wild pitch to make the score 7-2. 

With Henderson and Orion Couch on base, Ty Thompson's 2RBI-single made the deficit just three. Brandon Shumway crossed home before the inning was out to make the score 7-5 in the third to give the Chicks a fighting chance.

After an uncharacteristically shaky start by Henderson on the mound, Levi Kel stepped on to give Binger a different look in the third inning. It resulted in a three up, three down, but Chickasha did not immediately take advantage of the opportunity. Their third inning burst proved to be only a flash in the pan, as Binger came back to make them pay.

Five runs in off of five more hits in the fourth inning made the score 12-5 Bobcats and brought another Chicks pitching change with Kel exiting for Couch. Binger's Brayden Estraca, a senior in the fall, was the outstanding player on the day, as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and four RBI.

In what proved to be the final inning, Binger scored one more in the fifth to put the game beyond reach.

Chickasha got into the evening game by beating Christian Heritage 10-5 to advance in their own tournament.

Crusaders jumped on a slow start by the Chicks, putting a run on the board after a fielding error kept the top batter at first and another errant throw to first later in the inning.

Once Chickasha settled down, the offered up a bevy of runs in the second inning. After he was walked, Levi Kel began the offensive surge when Sheldon McElroy’s double brought him around to score. McElroy would himself get a run later on, while Mario Medina took advantage of some shaky pitching and fielding by the Crusaders to make the score 3-0. Later, Brooks Bush sent one to deep right field for an RBI triple, scoring Devon before adding to the lead. The Chicks came out of a superb second inning on top 5-2.

Heritage issued a response in the top of the third by bringing two around to slice the deficit to just one. The offense kept coming for Chickasha in the bottom half of the inning. Medina’s RBI-single sent pitcher Brandon Shumway across, while Devon went one better with a two RBI-single to score Medina and Orion to make the score 8-4 after three.

From the mound, Shumway went four innings, walking four and striking out two. 

Chickasha tacked on a run each in the fourth and fifth inning to take a 10-5 lead going into the top of the inning. Jake Womack took over pitching duties in the top of the fifth and started with a three up, three down before letting up a run in the sixth.

Womack held his nerve in the seventh, dispatching of two batters while the third flew out for another three up, three down.

The Fightin' Chicks play again at 4 p.m. at Elliott Field.