Windswept is a kind word for Chickasha’s game against Bethany on Monday.
In similar fashion, No. 13 Chickasha (3-4) huffed and puffed before blowing down the house in a 9-1 run-rule win against the Bronchos (5-5). The Fightin’ Chicks recorded 10 hits in six innings.
It wasn’t the prettiest of baseball games until a three-run shot from Brayden Belden put Chickasha up by six in the fifth inning. He had some help from the wind, but a shot to center field assured the Fightin’ Chicks of victory.
Denver Calhoun followed that up with an RBI double to right-center, scoring Orion Couch. It was a series of three straight hits for Chickasha against Bethany’s Jacob Doshier, who pitched 4.1 innings and recorded six strikeouts.
Before then, all of the five runs on the board between the two teams came thanks, at least in part, to an error. Chickasha catcher Jake Womack reached base all three times up to bat, and twice because of an error.
Chickasha lived on the edge early, escaping from two bases-loaded situations. The first came right out of the gate in the top of the first when two walks and a Tyler Broyles single put Bethany in scoring position with 1 out.
A strikeout from Belden and a liner to Sheldon McElroy in left field ended the inning. Belden again produced the decisive strikeout in the second bases-loaded situation in the top of the third, keeping the Bronchos off of the board.
He finished with eight strikeouts through five innings pitched.
Chickasha’s spark came from its left side of the infield. Third baseman Brooks Bush drew a walk before short stop Brock Henderson’s shot to left field went through Kyle Casey’s legs.
Henderson led Chickasha from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI.
Both Fightin’ Chicks scored, making it an inside the park home run for Henderson via an error. They scored two more runs in similar fashion in the second.
This time, McElroy reached on a walk before Brandon Shumway’s single took him to third. Shumway attempted to steal second, but both runners reached home when the throw went high and into center field.
Bethany put one on the board in the fifth following a leadoff double from Doshier, part of his 2-for-3 afternoon. He scored when a fly ball from Jake Adams dropped between first and second.