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Chickasha’s B.J. Hartis reaches for the ball on a pickoff play. Hartis also drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch.

At least one team will be representing the Suburban Conference at state next week. Conference mates Chickasha and El Reno will meet at high noon today in the 5A regional championship at Elliott Field for a ticket to Tulsa.

Chickasha brought out the big guns Thursday, pounding five home runs off of four Altus pitchers for a 14-2 semifinal win.

Kyle Hernandez started it in the first inning, smacking a solo shot over the wall in left-center field. Jake Jobe led off the second with a blast to just about the same spot then pitcher Chris Muchmore went over the left field wall for a two-run dinger in the third. Kyle King led off the sixth with a high, towering shot down the left field line that just cleared the wall as left fielder Tyrese Flagg tried to run through it and Tylor Lee crushed a huge 400-foot grand slam to right-center in the top of the seventh.

Altus coach James Rubi mentioned before the game that with two young pitchers pretty green at this level of competition he just hoped to not get run-ruled by the Chicks. With ten after five in the post-season instead of the usual eight, Altus hung around for all seven innings but got roughed up doing so.

To make matters worse, Rubi's center fielder and leadoff hitter Kirk Luebking jammed his shoulder diving back into first base to avoid a pickoff attempt after getting hit with a pitch to start the game.

Muchmore stranded him, retiring the next 13 hitters before Braden Warren connected for an opposite-field double in the fifth for Altus' first hit. Muchmore also left Warren out there by striking out the next two hitters, his fifth and sixth victims, to end the inning and his day. B.J. Hartis took over in the sixth and gave up a pair of runs on a bases-loaded single by Matt Hamilton in the sixth as he finished things up for the Chicks.

Flagg gave everyone a scare on King's sixth-inning homer, a 330-footer that went about 400 feet up in the air and just cleared the wall as the tough Bulldog tailback crashed into it trying to steal one from him.

This was baseball, though, and with no helmet Flagg went into the wall face first and went down. As coaches and players rushed to his side, he got up and jogged off the field and was taken to the ER to get checked out.

Thankfully, it turned out to be “only” some loosened teeth and some bruises that will be very sore this morning but the kid's okay. He was back and played some in the Dogs' elimination game with El Reno an hour later.

Not all the CHS runs were off of home runs - Hartis was hit by a pitch with the sacks full in the second and Darren Green singled Lee in for a run in the third. Muchmore doubled Jobe home in the fourth then scored on Blake Taylor's single. Green picked up another RBI with a sixth-inning single to score Jobe, who had doubled to the gap earlier in the inning.

Altus had to go right back out to play El Reno in an elimination game and came up on the short side of a 2-1 decision to end their season. Leadoff hitter Jarod Cole scored twice for the Indians, once in the third on a triple by Hunter Epperson and on a wild pitch in the fifth after singling his way on board.

Joe Halley, pitching on a gimpy knee, gave up three hits and fanned five in five innings for the win.

Altus picked up a run on three hits off of reliever Jarred Krittenbrink in the sixth but went quietly in the seventh.

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