Jake Womack

Jake Womack flies a ball into left field where it drops, scoring Chickasha's first run of Friday's rained-out game against Pauls Valley at Elliott Field.

Chickasha and Pauls Valley baseball teams started spring break a little earlier than scheduled.

Their game at Elliott Field on Friday was called off early due to rain. After three innings of play, the Fightin' Chicks held a 3-1 lead, but umpires and coaches agreed there would be no fourth.

The game will now be rescheduled. High school baseball games must reach five innings before a score can be called final.

While play was going on, Orion Couch made the most of it. Chickasha's third baseman went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and scored the opening run in the bottom of the first.

Couch reached base with a shot between second and first, and he made it home when catcher Jake Womack's shot to left field was bobbled and dropped. 

Dalton Claphan came in to pinch run for Womack and scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 Chickasha lead exiting the first inning.

Center fielder Brandon Shumway led off the bottom of the second with a bunt-single down the third-base line. He also scored on a wild pitch after stealing second. 

Pauls Valley answered in the top of the third, with the rain increasing in intensity. Back-to-back singles put the Panthers on the board, with Matt Perry bringing Nick Sager across.

Chickasha's Brayden Belden came out firing on the mound, recording four strikeouts in the first two innings.

The rain's impact on the game became apparent more and more. Pitches began slipping and fielding became more difficult for both sides.

In the bottom of the third, Chickasha's Brock Henderson saw a bat slip from his hand as the weather deteriorated. Soon after that, it was called off.

Chickasha will spend its spring break on tour. They face Corpus Christi-Caroll down on the Texas coast on Monday at noon before games against Bishop and Kingsville Academy the following day.

The spring tour wraps up in Banquete, Texas, on Wednesday.

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