Chickasha started its Washita Valley Classic with a bang, topping No. 19 Elgin 10-0 at Elliott Field.
The No. 13 Fightin’ Chicks (4-4) outlasted 4A Elgin (7-4), scoring eight runs in the final two innings to assure victory. The Owls were stretching, already on their fourth pitcher, when the onslaught occurred.
Every single Chickasha player recorded at least one hit. Catcher Jake Womack took out the final wall in the Elgin defense with a two-RBI double in the sixth inning to spark a late rally.
He hugged the third base line with his shot, the third of a four-hit day in five at bats. Another single later took him to three RBI for the game.
Chickasha will face Lawton High at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Their final game in pool play is against Carl Albert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Brayden Belden went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Orion Couch followed him in the lineup on 2-5 with a run scored of his own. The biggest single hit of the day, a triple, went to Denver Calhoun who was 1-for-4 from the plate.
Brock Henderson recorded the shutout on the mound, going six innings with eight strikeouts, five hits and one walk. Calhoun came in to close, retiring the final three batters.
The breaking ball was working perfection for Henderson. He used the conditions well, curving pitches in at the last minute with the wind blowing in from his right.
He sent two Elgin batters down looking, back-to-back, to end the fourth inning and keep the opposition off of the board.
Chickasha hopped on the board early thanks to a high fly ball from Brayden Belden. It dropped just out of Dylan Langford’s reach to score Dalton Claphan, who was pinch running for Henderson following a double to the right corner.
McElroy added the second in the next inning with a base hit, scoring Denver Calhoun who reached base on a walk. Calhoun was almost responsible for a third just nine batters later.
With two runners in scoring position, the right fielder sent a ball toward the left center gap. Only a diving catch from center fielder Jackson Beach denied Chickasha from any runs.
The hits weren’t coming at the right time for the Fightin’ Chicks at times. In the midst of taking the initial lead, all the way to the sixth inning, Chickasha left seven base runners stranded.
Womack changed that with a big two-RBI double, scoring Shumway and Brandon Williams to double the lead.
Elgin’s best chance came in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff single from Bailey Spencer gave the Owls a foothold, though Chickasha did its best to shake them loose.
Henderson recorded his seventh strikeout before Brandon Shumway held a runner at second with a long throw from deep in center field. A walk for Jordan Pilgrim put two on for Elgin before an error loaded the bases.
It was credited to Brooks Bush at short, but he made up for it on the next batter with a scoop to second for the third out to maintain the shutout.
Calhoun's RBI triple was followed by Alex Ingram's infield single to take the score to 6-0. Henderson then put two more runs when his shot to short popped into the outfield for an error.