7-20 Duncan Drillers

Duncan starting pitcher Caleb Martin delivers a strike Wednesday at West Moore High School. Martin went six innings for the 8-6 win over the Moore Expos.

Wes Bloomquist
The Duncan Banner

Both teams had their big inning. Luckily for Duncan, its was bigger.

The Drillers broke out offensively, a night after being run-ruled, scoring eight runs in the third inning en route to a 8-6 victory over the Moore Expos.

“We all produced well in the fifth inning,” Drillers’ head coach Josh Butler said. “They really hit well, and were able to get a couple of hit-and-runs to fall in. They did a good job of taking advantage of their (Moore’s) mistakes.”

Caleb Martin earned the win for the visiting Drillers, going six innings of work on the mound. Martin fanned six and maintained control, allowing one walk. He allowed only one hit until the fifth inning.

Duncan’s bats combined for 10 hits on the night. Martin went 2-for-4 on the night, including two RBIs in the fifth inning.

Jake Bedoka also added two RBIs for Duncan in the fifth. Bedoka delivered a single in the frame, which brought home Sheylon Roberson and Martin. Roberson had reached with a single, and finished his night going 1-for-3, along with reaching by being hit by a pitch.

Moore broke out in the fifth with five runs. The rally came as the Drillers were two outs away from a eight run-rule win. Moore came up with three hits in the inning. The big hit was a double that brought home two runs.

“I was throwing well up until that inning,” Martin said. “When I started leaving the ball up, they started to hit me. I started getting a little wild, and they were able to get some runs.”

Ryan Bailey came in to pitch in the seventh inning to close out the game.

His outing started with a single, but was followed by a strike out. The lefty gave up a double, which was followed by a walk to load the bases with one out.

Coaxing a grounder to Roberson at second base brought an out, along with controversy. It was a close play, which went the Drillers’ way to put the team one out away from winning and heading back to Duncan.

Bailey worked quickly, and clinched the win for Duncan and Martin with a lazy fly ball to first base.

Butler was pleased with the win, and thought that the team came together offensively, as well as with the leather.

“I thought we played solid defense on the night,” Butler said.

Duncan didn’t commit an error in the seven innings of play. Moore, which came up two runs short on the scoreboard, committed three.

The Drillers play at 6 p.m. Friday at Sportsman’s Park against Woodward.

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