The Chickasha Lady Chicks did not let their season end without a fight.
Competing in the postseason for the first time since 2017, the Lady Chicks went 2-2 at their regional tournament in Purcell and Washington on Wednesday and Thursday. Chickasha defeated Weatherford (7-6) and McLoud (10-6) but fell to Purcell two different times in the tournament.
Chickasha opened the tournament Wednesday in Purcell against the Weatherford Lady Eagles, and they showed plenty of fight early in the tournament. Weatherford led by scores of 3-0 and 5-2, but Chickasha players stepped up when needed.
Valerie Inghram tied the game at five runs apiece in the bottom half of the fourth inning with an RBI double. Her two RBIs led the Lady Chicks’ offense.
Weatherford had an answer in the top of the fifth and held a 6-5 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
With Chickasha down to its final three outs, Allison Couch led off the seventh inning with a double. M’Kailei Myers’ RBI single tied the game, and Allyson Arthur’s RBI single with two outs gave Chickasha the victory.
The Lady Chicks suffered a 9-1 loss to Purcell in their second game of the day, setting up an elimination game with McLoud on Thursday. Because of field conditions Thursday, the games ended up being moved to Washington.
The Lady Chicks held an 8-0 lead Thursday over McLoud after scoring six runs in the top half of the fourth.
Inghram’s double in the third inning gave Chickasha a 2-0 lead, and her third RBI of the game put the team up 5-0 in the fourth. Inghram went 2-for-5 at the plate with those three RBIs.
Arthur also drove in multiple runs in the win, going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs. She hit an RBI double in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth inning to help the Chickasha offense.
With Chickasha leading 10-2 in the bottom of the sixth, McLoud managed to put together a rally. The Lady Redskins scored four runs to get within four, but Chickasha was able to hold on for the victory.
With the win over McLoud, Chickasha advanced to play Purcell a second time, needing to beat the Lady Dragons twice to advance to the state tournament.
The Lady Chicks once again showed their fighting spirit after falling behind early in the game.
Chickasha trailed 5-0 heading to the bottom of the third and was able to make the score 5-3.
Inghram’s triple scored two runs, and Couch’s single scored a run to cut the Lady Chicks’ deficit to just two runs. Couch hit a second RBI single in the fifth inning to make the score 6-4 in favor of the Lady Dragons.
With Chickasha trailing 6-4 in the fifth, Myers stepped up again and managed to drive in two runs with a base hit. Myers, Couch and Inghram all had two RBIs in the loss.
Chickasha and Purcell went to the seventh tied 6-6. Purcell scored the game’s final five runs in the top of the seventh.
Even though the Lady Chicks fell in the regional tournament, they still had a successful season. Chickasha finished the season with a record of 24-11. The team’s 24 wins are 21 more than the win total from the 2018 season.