We try hard not to call a game “great” but this was a great ball game. Ninth-ranked Chickasha beat fourth-ranked Shawnee 3-2 last night at Elliott Field in a game started and stopped with lucky breaks.

Shawnee got their break in their first at-bat. A bobbled routine grounder and a fly ball completely lost in the sun put Beau Bohuslavicky and Mark McLain on. A sacrifice bunt from Gunner Wright moved them over and cleanup hitter Tucker Brown drove both in with a sharp single hit straight up the middle. Catcher Blake Taylor gunned Brown down trying to steal second and Eric Brown flied out harmlessly to center to end the inning.

Both pitchers brought their “A” games. Chickasha's Chris Muchmore and the Wolves' Bryce Holland handcuffed the other teams' bats. Until the home third.

Kyle Hernandez hit Holland hard, going deep to right for a stand-up double, but Evan Blasingame hit him harder, lofting a towering shot well over the left-field wall to tie things up.

Muchmore continued to control the Shawnee bats but the Chicks squandered an opportunity to score in the fifth.

Taylor worked a lead-off walk, stole second and took third on a passed ball to Swayne Parsons. Chickasha tried to bunt him in twice unsuccessfully then tried to drive him in and bounced back to the box.

McLain singled with one out in the Shawnee sixth but Taylor cut him down trying to steal and Muchmore fanned the hard-hitting Wright to end the inning.

Wright then booted B.J. Hartis' hard grounder up the third base line to start the home sixth and Heath Wilda beat out a very well-placed bunt to the right side. The speedy Darren Green went in to run for Hartis at second and got Holland's full and undivided attention immediately.

Green was in his head before his next pitch. Holland went after him twice then glanced back at him in the middle of his first pitch and plunked Kyle King in the back to load the bases. Muchmore launched what looked to be a gapper but Austin Ledinski somehow got to it for the out.

Green tagged easily to put the Chicks up by one and everyone moved up a base. A highlight-film defensive play by Bohuslavicky at second on an outstanding “hard” bunt just got Tylor Lee to hold the runners and get the crucial second out then Taylor bounced back to the box. Shawnee got out of a mess surrendering just one run.

A cornered Wolf is a dangerous critter, though, and Tucker Brown went right back up the middle again for a leadoff single to start the seventh. Shawnee went right to their bench with two left-handed pinch hitters whose only purpose was to move Brown around. Chavez beat out his bunt up the third base line then Haskins moved both over with one back to Muchmore.

Tyler Phillips' job was to hit away and Muchmore got him swinging. The third strike, however, got away from Taylor and he had to concede first to Phillips to hold Brown at third.

With the sacks full and one out, it looked good for the Wolves but then the Chicks got their payback break. Ledinski apparently missed a sign and, to everyone's surprise, squared to bunt.

All three baserunners were staying close expecting him to swing away and broke late as he made contact.

They never stood a chance. Muchmore pounced on the come-backer and went to Taylor for the force at home and the Chick catcher strong-armed a bullet to Blasingame at third for the game-ending double play.

The teams will have to go some tonight when they play again at Shawnee to out-do this one.

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