The Chickasha softball team has shown the ability to bounce back early in the season.
After a tough 7-6 loss to Cyril on Monday, the Chickasha Lady Chicks had their home opener Tuesday at Elkouri Field against the Duncan Lady Demons. That Monday loss did not carry over, and the Lady Chicks were able to defeat the Lady Demons 7-1.
Chickasha trailed 1-0 before scoring the final seven runs of the game.
Chickasha got a strong performance from pitcher Allison Couch. Couch went all seven innings, allowing just one hit while reaching double-digit strikeouts in the victory.
Only one Duncan batter safely reached base after the second inning.
Duncan’s only hit of the game came in the first inning off the bat of Holly Hill. Hill’s RBI double gave the Lady Demons a 1-0 lead.
Duncan’s lead did not last long.
Chickasha was able to bounce back in the bottom half of the first. With the help of defensive miscues, the Lady Chicks took a 2-1 lead and extended that lead in the fourth inning.
Duncan did threaten to score in the second inning after two Lady Demon players drew back-to-back walks with no outs. The Lady Demons had runners on second base and third base with one out but could not score.
Allyson Arthur’s base hit in the fourth gave the Lady Chicks a 3-1 advantage over the Lady Demons. Arthur went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs to lead the Lady Chick offense.
Chickasha’s bats came through again in the fifth inning. Following a Valerie Inghram double, Leighanne Eaton and Lexi Albright stepped up and delivered back-to-back run-scoring hits for the Lady Chicks.
With two runs already added to the scoreboard in the inning, Arthur delivered once again. She drove in her second run of the game to give the Lady Chicks a 6-1 lead over the Lady Demons.
Chickasha added one more run in the inning to complete the scoring.
Sitting at 1-1, the Lady Chicks are scheduled to play on the road Thursday against Lawton MacArthur.