Much like the warmth of Louisiana and the crowded East Texan woods, the smash mouth, run filled baseball Chickasha experienced on their spring trip last week was far away on Monday.
But, the result remained the same in a 3-2 win over Duncan that is best described as a war of attrition. Aside from consistent at-bats from senior Tresjon Davis and sophomore Brandon Shumway, Chickasha's defense and deep pitching helped them outlast the Demons. Freshman Brock Henderson was hit by pitch with bases loaded to bring across the winning run from Shumway.
The Fightin' Chicks had to come back from an early 1-0 deficit in the second. Davis continued his good form of late with a single, and he advanced to second on a wild pitch that Jake Womack struck out on and third when a pick-off attempt seemed to go through everyone. Brooks Bush’s sacrifice fly just got Davis in to knot the game at 1-1.
It stayed that way for a while, thanks in part to some Chickasha defense. With one on in the top of the fourth, Derek Sullivan scrambled for a fast grounder to short. He gloved it on the back hand and in fluid motion sent it over to first in time to keep Duncan from adding to their total.
Sullivan got the third out again in similar, though slightly easier, fashion in the top of the fifth after Ryker Stealman stretched out for a snag at right field.
It was more difficult, it seemed, to bring batters in than it was to get the opposition out for Chickasha. A leadoff double from Shumway in the third went without reward, as the top of the order couldn’t bring him around.
Davis got his second hit of the afternoon in the fourth with a single, and Brooks Bush looked to bring in the pinch runner with a shot to left-center. The throw to home was strong enough; deadlock remained.