With the Washita Valley Classic washed out on Friday and after a full Saturday of work on the field, Brad Gore's third-ranked Chicks were able to salvage a game with 4A's seventh-ranked Marlow Outlaws Saturday night. Both top-ten teams were loaded for bear after tough first-round Classic losses on Wednesday and Chickasha survived two late Outlaw ambushes for a 10-7 win.

It looked like a walkover as the Chicks jumped out to an early lead and were in run-rule territory coming into the home fifth.

Starter Kennedy Winn wasn't at his best but made the big pitches when he had to. He walked seven but allowed just one hit and one unearned run through four frames, stranding seven Outlaws with clutch strikeouts to end the threats.

Meanwhile, Chickasha was getting to Marlow starter Jake Williams, sending eight men up and scoring four runs in the second and picking up a fifth run in the home fourth. The visitors answered with a run on Colt McCauley's bases-loaded single in the top of the fifth and Dalton Shepherd came on in relieve Winn with the sacks still full and one out.

Second baseman Darren Green bailed the Chicks out, just getting his glove on DH Dakota Kinsey's hot liner to rob him of a hit and doubling Dan Skelly off at second unassisted.

B.J. Hartis started off the CHS fifth with a rocket high off the scoreboard for a solo homerun then Winn scored on the back end of a delayed double steal. Green came up with some offensive heroics with a two-out, two-run single to extend to 9-2 but Williams coerced Kyle Hernandez into a popup to just avoid the run rule.

The pumped-up Outlaws rallied, scoring five runs in the sixth and seventh innings before a critical double play and a strikeout of the potential tying run ended the game.

Caleb Wortham's two-run homer and a hit batter brought Hartis in from first base to take over for Shepherd with one out in the sixth. Hartis struck three-hole Garrett Brown out but gave up an RBI single to Skelly before getting McCauley on a ground out.

Kinsey took over in the sixth and Chickasha got to him for a run when Brown bobbled Kyle King's hot ground ball, allowing Heath Wilda to score from third.

Down 10-5 coming into their last at-bat, the explosive Outlaws got to work. A pair of singles and a walk loaded them up with no one out but Mike Carter's grounder to Wilda at short resulted in an inside double play as the Chicks traded a run for two outs.

Caleb Wortham worked another walk to put runners on the corners and set the table for his brother Drew, who now represented the tying run, but Hartis struck him out swinging to end the game.

Hartis was in the right place at the right time, picking up the win in 1.2 relief innings, and Williams took the loss throwing six complete.

Winn only went 4.2 and ended up with a no-decision, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out eight and walking seven.

Green drove in three runs for the Chicks, Hernandez drove in two and Hartis and catcher Blake Taylor each had one.

Chickasha will host Guthrie in conference action tonight then will visit Bluejay Way on Tuesday. After an off day Wednesday, they'll open Southern Oklahoma Invitational play on Thursday against Western Heights at 2:30 at host Duncan's complex.

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