The Duncan Demons made the John Marshall Bears look like the Bad News Bears before they were good Tuesday at Sportsman’s Park during the Class 5A Regional.

In other action, the Guthrie Blue Jays beat the Western Heights Jets, 16-2, and the Jets staved off elimination by beating the Bears 11-1 in a weather-shortened game.

Guthrie will square off with Duncan at 4:30 p.m., and the loser of that game will play Western Heights at 7 p.m.

The Demons scored seven runs in the bottom of the first to take control against John Marshall. The Demons collected 16 hits in the game, while allowing just two. John Marshall committed nine errors in the game.

“We came out ready to play,” DHS head coach Tim Hightower said. “Our starters got a couple of at bats each in the first couple of innings. It’s nice to get a win. We have to come back tomorrow (today) and focus up.”

DHS’ Trent Wilkins reached on a single to start the game, and his courtesy runner, Brandon Graham, scored on a triple by Sheylon Roberson. Roberson eased home on a sacrifice fly by Kale Murphree for a 2-0 DHS edge.

Trevor Suffal restarted DHS after he was hit by a pitch and stole second and third. Suffal scored on a wild pitch. Tyler King was also hit by a pitch, and with two outs, Scott Stuckey doubled to push Duncan to a 4-0 edge. Stuckey scored on a double by Casey Halligan for a 5-0 lead, and Halligan scored on a single by Jared Smith. Smith scored on an error for a 7-0 lead.

DHS’ pitcher Dusty Spencer struck out the all nine batters he faced in three innings for the win. Vince Linke came in to pitch in the fourth to finish things up.

“Dusty threw well,” Hightower said. “We wanted to get him some work. He had a perfect game going, but we might need him later on.”

In the bottom of the second, Cory Lillard walked, stole second and scored on a double by Tyler King for an 8-0 lead. King scored on an error that put Stuckey at second.

Halligan was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Both runners moved up on a balk.

Smith drove in Stuckey and Halligan with a single for a 11-0 edge. Wilkins singled to left to keep the inning going, and Roberson hit a three-run homer for a 14-0 edge. Murphree and Suffal were hit by pitches, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Lillard reached on an error to load the bases. King was hit by a pitch to force in Murphree for a 15-0 edge. Suffal scored on a Stuckey single, two more runs cored on an error.

Justin Holbein came into the game and singled to start the third. Colby Snider singled and a Greg Davis single made it 19-0. Kyle Payne singled to drive in two more runs.

Brandon Graham walked to load the bases, and a walk to Roberson pushed Duncan’s edge to 22-0.

In the fourth, Austin Stanley started things by getting hit by a pitch, as was Snider. A single by Davis loaded the bases, and back-to back single by Linke and Payne made it 24-0. Graham hit into a double play, but Davis scored on the play. Lace Lewis singled to score Linke for a 26-0 cushion. Ryan Bailey followed with a single, and Holbein singled in Lewis for a 27-0 edge.

Duncan 27, John Marshall 0

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John Marshall – Anthony Riley, Aaron Bennett (2), Michael Pulliam (2) and Bennett and Riley. Duncan – Dusty Spencer, Vince Linke and Trent Wilkins and Lance Lewis. W – Spencer. L – Riley. 2B- John Marshall: None. Duncan: Scott Stuckey, Casey Halligan, Tyler King. 3B – John Marshall: None. Duncan: Sheylon Roberson. HR – John Marshall: None. Duncan: Roberson.

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