Chickasha blanks MacArthur softball, 7-0
Through the first three innings Tuesday night, Mac was stride for stride with Chickasha, one of the best, if not the best, teams in 5A who entered the game with a 23-2 record.
In the top of the fourth with Mac trailing 1-0, Chickasha broke the game open when Amanda Bradford stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.
Bradford blasted a first-pitch curveball over the fence to give Chickasha a 5-0 lead. Mac eventually lost 7-0, falling to 13-13 on the season.
"Honestly, they're the best team in the state in 5A," Mac head coach Dusty Ketner said. "We didn't play a bad game. We were putting the ball in play, they were just catching it, making plays. Some of those hits would've been hits against just about anybody else. I wasn't upset with the way the girls played. We had some good at-bats, we didn't strike out a whole lot. They're just a good team."
The pitch Bradford sent over the wall was the second she jumped on from Mac pitcher Ariel Enzenaur. Bradford also doubled off the center field wall in the first inning. Aside from the damage Bradford did at the plate, Ketner said he was pleased with the performance from Enzenaur on the mound.
"She was hitting her spots," Ketner said of Enzenaur. "She was right there, she was doing all that we asked her to. Our main concerns were lead-off and their three and four hole hitters and they really didn't do a whole lot against us. She really did a good job. Bradford, she's just a good hitter. I called a curveball, an outside curveball and she stuck it over there. We had a game plan. We were staying away from her. Ariel might of missed the spot by an inch or two. Bradford took away a good pitch. That's just a good hitter."