May 7, 2014

Chicks hold on for final day with McGuinness

Adam Troxtell, Sports Editor,
The Express-Star


Chickasha baseball doesn't do exits very well.

As in, they don't like to exit, at all. After a four-run loss to Bishop McGuinness yesterday, the Fightin' Chicks mustered up the offense they needed to take the regional tournament to a decisive final day with an 8-2 win on Wednesday afternoon. After falling down by a run in the first, Chickasha steadied the ship to hold the Irish while putting bat to ball time and time again in a major offensive turnaround.

Going 3-for-3 with a run and 4 RBI, Brock Henderson's afternoon didn't start as great as those stats would suggest. Henderson started on the mound after getting a save in the previous game, a 3-2 win against Ardmore, and must have calmed down a little too much in the mean time.

Two of his four walks and two of four Irish hits in six innings pitched came in the opening frame, with Brian Canfield scoring on an error before Joe Stancampiano hit in another run with a drop-in single to left. It canceled out Chickasha's opening run when Luke Dixon crossed home plate the first of three times for the game.

Everything calmed down after that. Henderson finished with four strikeouts as nine Irish base runners were left stranded. This included a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh, when Chickasha's Cade Morris came onto the mound to seal the victory.

But all of that would not have been possible without some desperately needed offense. The chances that went begging against McGuinness the previous night and Ardmore just a few hours earlier were taken this time around. Short stop Derek Sullivan went 3-for-4 with a run as Chickasha racked up seven hits off two Irish pitchers.

A two-RBI double from Henderson gave the Fightin' Chicks the lead they never relinquished in the top of the third. Tresjon Davis got the most possible out of a hitless night with a sacrifice bunt in the top of the fifth when Chickasha went up by three.

Another two-RBI shot, this time a single that bounced just in front of a diving Jordan Edwards in right, made it seven and a double from Womack in the seventh brought in Sullivan for good measure. Chickasha will hope to keep that momentum going in the decisive 1 p.m. game with McGuinness at home on Thursday. The winner goes to state.