May 21, 2014

Core of baseball seniors honored at banquet


Chickasha baseball honored five senior players and two managers while capping a successful season at their banquet on Wednesday.

The Fightin' Chicks finished the season with a 26-13 record, going 11-3 in district. Head coach Brad Gore said despite ending with a loss a game away from state in the regional round, it was a successful season for many reasons.

"It was fun," Gore said. "We didn't get where we wanted to get, which was the state tournament. But, it was a successful season. Next year, we'll get to where we want to go."

The Chickasha squad included plenty of talent in the underclassmen ranks, not least freshman Braden Belden who came away with this year's Pitcher of the Year award. Another pitcher, junior Mario Medina, came away with the Most Improved award.

"This is the finest group of young men you could ask for," Gore said.

But there's no doubting the influence this year's senior class had on the team. Luke Dixon, who played second base for much of the season before injury forced him to the designated hitter spot, took the team's Offensive Player of the Year award.

"If he got on base, we scored a run," Gore said.

Right next to him in the infield, senior short stop Derek Sullivan, took the Best Batting Average honor by recording a .430. Right fielder Ryker Steelman took the Defensive Player of the Year award. 

Center fielder Cade Morris, who like Steelman had his fair share of impressive snags this season, provided the power hitting for the team this season and took home the Home Run king award.

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