What many thought could be a mismatch actually turned into a pretty good fast-pitch game last night when Class A Am-Po hosted Chickasha, ranked #14 in 5A and coming off a 5-0 shutout of defending state champion and top-ranked Carl Albert on Monday.

A 5A school playing a Class A school is a little unusual but Chick coach Bill Berry said that the Panthers requested the game last season so he accommodated them and they plugged it to their schedules.

“Yes, this game was scheduled last year,” first-year Am-Po coach Travis Simpkins said during warm-ups, “but it won't be scheduled again this year.”

It turned out to be good night for the underdog, however. They lost 5-2 but gave the Chicks a battle behind a good outing from senior pitcher Chelsea Perkins, who also tripled and scored their second run. She kept the Panthers within striking range but her counterpart, CHS junior Morgan Singleton, held them off, striking out 12 with a three-hitter.

Berry came in knowing it might be a tough game and the good work they did on Monday could be undone quickly.

“A little letdown right after a game like the Carl Albert game is pretty typical,” he said. “We were a little sluggish but ended up hitting the ball well and playing some good defense.”

Simpkins was happy enough to maybe even think about trying it again next year.

“We've got to get rid of some of the errors. We're still learning - we've got a lot of young players. But I think we played great against a 5A team. Chelsea pitched a superb game and Nikki (third baseman Sprowls) had a great game with five putouts.”

Am-Po scored in the home half of the first when Raquel Griffith walked then advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. She scored on a passed ball to put the Panthers on the board.

Chickasha answered with a pair of runs in the second and one more in the third.

Singleton doubled then Jessie White reached on a fielder's choice as Am-Po unsuccessfully went after courtesy runner LeAnne White at second. Catcher Paige Hightower bunted her way on and scored LeAnne then her courtesy runner, Destah Furra, plated Jessie on the front end of a delayed double steal.

Gab Atwell bunted her way on to start the third, was moved over on Deven Brandt's sac-bunt and scored on Jen Osborn's single for a 3-1 lead.

Perkins held the Chicks off through the fourth and fifth, just giving up a single in each inning, but an error spotted Chickasha a run and opened the door for a second one in the visitors' sixth. Singleton led off with a single and LeAnne White ran for her again. White moved to second then scored on a throwing error trying to get her at third. Carly Blasingame singled her way on and Ellee Powell scored her with a pinch-hit single to extend to 7-1.

Brandt robbed Panther three-hole Korie Hargus to open the home sixth, charging hard and diving head first for Hargus' low liner and coming up with the ball still in her webbing.

Perkins followed that up with a triple to right and scored Am-Po's final run as Jessica Treadway grounded out to the left side. Singleton got the win with two runs on three hits and a dozen strikeouts and four walks.

Chickasha will be back out tonight, hosting Altus (4:00 start) and Am-Po will be at Apache Monday for a three-way with Sterling (4:30 start).

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