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CHICKASHA – Day two started out under wet and threatening skies Thursday but the weather cooperated enough to get all the games in.

Chickasha beat Western Heights 7-2 at Elliott Field in Pool A but Verden let their Pool B game with Lawton at Anadarko get away and the Wolverines came back on them 11-10.

POOL A

CHICKASHA 7, W. HEIGHTS 2

Chance Thomas got his first pitching work of the season Thursday against Western Heights and also got his first win 7-2 in four innings’ work.

The center fielder got a welcome to the hill from the first hitter he faced, senior Ricky Sanchez, who ripped him for a line drive leadoff home run to right field.

But Thomas bounced right back with a strikeout, gave up a single to Logan Bradley then struck out the next five hitters to get through the third. Western Height started hitting him a little in the fourth, and after a routine flyout and three routine groundouts, Brad Wallace doubled over third and later scored on Matt Williams’ single in the fifth.

That would get the Heights to 4-2 but, in spite of a big scare in the sixth, that would be it. Christian Fincher, who also hasn’t seen much work so far, came on in relief for Chickasha to start the fifth and also pitched well, but an infield error, a hit batter and a bloop single loaded the bases with one out in the top of the sixth and Chick coach Brad Gore brought in some experience to bail them out – senior closer Tylor Lee.

Lee had to face Williams cold, but he got the DH to bounce back to the box for a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning and the threat. Western Heights went quietly in the seventh with Lee getting Sanchez for the final out.

The Chicks tagged Jet starter Bobby Dreier for three runs in the first inning on a two-run triple deep to the right-center field gap by Heath Wilda and Braden Cook’s sacrifice ground-out to the left side to push Wilda in.

Chickasha got an insurance run when Devan Shepard walked to start the second, stole second base, then scored when catcher Dalton Thomas’ throw trying to get him stealing third sailed into left.

Relief pitcher Brad Wallace kept the Chicks off the board in the fourth and fifth but they got to him in the sixth. Dylan Shepard and Mike McCracken both singled with one out and Chance Thomas worked a walk to load them up. Lee’s sharp single to left scored Shepard then Wilda hit a monster to straightaway center. Sanchez tracked it down with a great running catch out near the wall for the second out, but it was no contest for both base-runners, both with good speed, to score easily on the tag-ups.

In the other Pool A games, Altus beat Woodward 5-3, Moore beat Western Heights 8-4 and Altus beat Marlow 5-1.

POOL B

LAWTON 11,

VERDEN 10

After a tight, one-run win over McGuinness on Wednesday, Verden took a tight, one-run loss from Lawton on Thursday.

Tiger coach Roy Edwards said that they just gave the game away with errors. His kids hit the ball well and had the Wolverines on the ropes twice but let them get off both times. The second time cost them the game.

Verden had Lawton down 6-1 early, let them get back within a run at 6-5 then extended back out again to 10-5 after four innings. But four Tiger errors in the top of the fifth handed Lawton six runs as game time expired and Verden was shut down in their final at-bat.

The Tigers had a good offensive game through the first four explosive innings. Wade Crowder went 2-for-4 and finished with four RBIs and Tyler Mitchell went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Ryan Rennels and pitcher Colton Henricks, who took the tough loss, also each had two RBIs.

In the other three Pool B games, Elgin got by Lawton 5-4 and El Reno won two back-to-back, 4-1 over McGuinness and 8-5 over Eisenhower.

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