Chickasha had to come from behind last night at Elliott to beat El Reno 4-3 in a wild seventh inning.
The Fightin’ Chicks had scored two runs in the home fourth on Darren Green's RBI single and a push-bunt to the left side by Kyle King that got him aboard with an RBI.
Except for that burst, both offenses were sputtering against Chickasha's Chris Muchmore and El Reno's Clint Maune.
Muchmore was tiring in the seventh and the first three Indians hit him hard.
Evan Blasingame came in from third to put the fire out but by the time the smoke cleared, El Reno had scored three runs on base hits by Lorenzo Robinson and Caleb Koos and a fielder's choice on Seth Herran's grounder.
Maune, however, came out and changed completely from what he had used to stymie the Chick hitters. He worked slowly and deliberately through six and threw a ton of good off-speed stuff.
Now with the game on the line, he started working very fast and throwing almost nothing but the one…the pitch Chick hitters love to abuse.
He started off dinging nine-hole Blake Taylor then fanned Swayne Parsons.
DH Josh Gresham's grounder forced Taylor at second but Gresham ended up there after a throwing error on the back end of the double play and speedy Dalton Shepherd came in to run for him.
Center fielder Kyle Hernandez then ripped a fastball to right center, easily scoring Shepherd to tie the game with a double. Blasingame was intentionally walked to put the force on and shortstop Heath Wilda stepped in.
An inside fastball got away and hit Wilda hard, loading the bases, but Maune went right back to the same pitch to start off B.J. Hartis.
This one went about 56 feet and caromed to the fence as Hernandez raced home for the winner.
The center fielder's speed got the win but it also helped him make the defensive play of the game to end the El Reno sixth, charging in hard on Scott Gholston's dying quail behind second base and grabbing it in the webbing, glove-up and fully laid out.
The teams will have a rematch tonight at El Reno to finish the series.