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.