Correction: The original story says that six Chickasha players drove in the final seven runs of the first inning in Chickasha's 13-8 win. It was five players. The Express-Star regrets the error.
Big first innings helped the Chickasha softball team sweep Madill in a district doubleheader Monday.
The Lady Chicks outscored Madill 32-8 in the two games at Chickasha's Elkouri Field, and 27 of those runs came in their first at-bat of each game. Chickasha moved to 4-1 on the season and to 2-0 in district play with wins of 13-8 and 19-0.
Chickasha trailed 1-0 early in the 13-8 victory.
But the Lady Chicks took advantage of a Madill error with one out in the bottom of the first that could have resulted in a double play if played properly. Chickasha scored nine runs following that error.
With two runners on base, Leighanne Eaton tied the game with a base hit. Eaton was one of several Chickasha players with multiple hits in the game.
With the game tied 1-1, Lexi McElroy laid down a bunt that resulted in the go-ahead run crossing home plate. Five other players drove in at least one run in the inning to give the Lady Chicks a commanding 9-1 advantage.
Chickasha held an 11-3 advantage heading to the fifth inning. That was when Madill was able to come up with a rally.
Madill scored four runs in the inning to cut its deficit from eight runs to just four. But Chickasha was able to respond, scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Eaton's second base hit of the game kept the inning alive with two outs. Following Eaton's triple, Chickasha's scoring was completed with back-to-back run-scoring hits.
Madill added one run in the seventh.
Emry Josey earned the win for the Lady Chicks, striking out two batters in seven innings of work.
Despite scoring nine runs in the first inning of the first game, Chickasha was able to do better in the 19-0 victory. The Lady Chicks scored 18 of those 19 runs in the first inning of the game.
With Chickasha leading 6-0, Rylie Weber and Valerie Inghram recorded back-to-back run-scoring doubles to give the Lady Chicks a 10-0 advantage.
Weber's double plated three runs. She put together a 2-for-2 performance at the plate with four RBIs to lead the Lady Chicks' offense.
Chickasha continued to put up runs, scoring eight more in the inning after Inghram's hit. The Lady Chicks also scored one run in the second inning.
Allison Couch earned the win in the circle for Chickasha, pitching all three innings. She struck out two batters in those three innings of work.
With the two wins over Madill, the Lady Chicks passed their win total from district play in 2018 and their win total from the entire 2018 season.