CHICKASHA – It’ll be Suburban Conference-mates Chickasha and Shawnee meeting today at Elliott Field for the coveted regional championship and the state tourney invite.

Chickasha pounded the Wolves 18-4 in the semifinal Wednesday for their 34th win then Shawnee just slid past Western Heights 11-10 in game two to earn a rematch.

The Wolves will have to put a 10-run outburst by Chickasha behind them, though, and beat the top-ranked Chicks twice to go to state– a tall order, considering Brad Gore’s guys have beaten them soundly four times this year now by a combined score of 49-11 and unbeaten ace Kennedy Winn (8-0) will be on the bump.

Bill Hartis (6-2 coming in) went six innings Wednesday for his seventh win, allowing just three hits until Shawnee finally caught up to him in the sixth for four runs on three hits. Hartis worked his way out of trouble then Braden Cook came on to close it out for him in the seventh.

Shawnee ace Cale Young held Chickasha to four runs through four innings before he was pulled to be saved for Thursday work. An error on Kennedy Winn’s fly ball to center pushed a run across in the first then Chance Sneed stole home on another error in the second.

The bats heated up in the third for three runs on three hard-hit balls (Heath Wilda’s RBI double to the fence and sharp singles from Winn and Hartis) and the play of the game - a perfectly-placed squeeze bunt by DH Josh Gresham.

What made the play so special was the execution. Young came inside with the heat and Gresham, a right-handed hitter, had to pull the bat head way in, catch the ball near his ribcage and push it the opposite way with Winn barreling home from third.

Chickasha picked up three more runs in the fifth on Jobe’s two-run double to right-center and Winn’s chopper to the right side of the infield then exploded in the top of the seventh.

Reliever Drew Davis got the first two outs on deep fly balls, Gresham’s taking center fielder Tajhler Phillips to the wall, then the Chicks busted out for nine hits and 10 runs and forced four errors to blow the game open.

Cook doubled to the wall and Tylor Lee crushed his 11th homer over the left-field wall. Blake Taylor bounced one over the left-center field wall for a ground rule double and Jobe walked.

Wilda and Winn each singled a run in and Hartis doubled in another. Chance Sneed’s single to center pushed two more across then the Shepards finished it off.

Senior Dalton, who Gresham was hitting for, hit for himself and singled in a run then freshman brother Dillon, pinch-hitting for Taylor, drove in the last two with an error on his hot ground ball to short.

Cook allowed two singles but left them stranded as he slammed the door on Shawnee in the home seventh.

SHAWNEE 11, WESTERN HEIGHTS 10 (ELIMINATION GAME)

The Wolves came back out with their teeth bared. After giving up a monstrous leadoff home run to straightaway center by Ricky Sanchez, they scored four runs in the home first and four more in the second on a pair of two-run homers by Tajhler Phillips.

The Jets rallied for eight runs on eight hits in the third, highlighted by Blake Cowherd’s three-run blast, but Shawnee tied it up at nine on Phillips’ RBI single, his fifth run driven in, in the home fifth.

Curtis Buchanan led off the Jet sixth with a solo home run but Shawnee answered with two manufactured runs in the home half for what turned out to be the winners. Cowherd doubled to start the Jet seventh but never got past third as Derek Allen picked up the win in relief.

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