CHICKASHA — A gritty life of winning games on the edge caught up to Chickasha in the regional semifinal on Tuesday.
They fell 7-3 to Bishop McGuinness, never able to come back from a four-run hole dug for them in the fourth by a strong Irish lineup. Now the Fightin’ Chicks face a fight against elimination on Wednesday, only for a chance to rectify the loss should they meet McGuinness again later that day.
Both teams traded runs in the second, Irish striking first when Joe Stancampiano’s ground out to second saw Joe Corbett cross home. Chickasha responded in the same way, this time Brandon Shumway with the contact and Derek Sullivan crossing for the run.
Stancampiano struck again in the top of the third with an RBI single on two-outs, this time scoring Jordan Edwards for the lead. This is where Chickasha’s struggle to score began.
Leadoff Luke Dixon started the bottom of the inning with a walk, soon followed by Brooks Bush and Cade Morris. With the bases loaded, Chickasha looked to not only respond, but in a big way.
Canfield held his nerve on the mound. He took down Brock Henderson, who had earlier kept the Irish from taking more than a one run lead with a diving grab at third followed by the throw to first from one knee. He made it look simple, but things were more difficult at the plate.
Sullivan’s infield fly followed by a strikeout for Tresjon Davis meant a bases loaded situation went begging, and the Irish made Chickasha pay. Three consecutive RBI singles from Canfield, Mike Neuberger and Edwards in the top of the fourth resulted in a four-run lead for McGuinness. It shook young pitcher Brayden Belden, who was replaced by junior Mario Medina to see out the inning.