6-24 Baseball

Duncan junior varsity pitcher Conner Cox pitched 2 2/3 innings Monday in the first of a doubleheader against Edmond North. Cox struck out three, walked three and allowed four runs.

John Walker
The Duncan Banner

Duncan’s junior varsity baseball team came up short of the offense necessary in a pitcher’s nightmare Monday night with Edmond North.

It was a lengthy five-hour doubleheader with the defense committing at least two errors and allowing at least nine hits in both games.

Edmond beat Duncan 17-10 in the first game and 16-6 in the second game. Duncan committed four errors and allowed 14 hits in the first game and allowed 11 hits and committed four errors in the second.

Edmond committed three errors and allowed 10 hits in the first and allowed nine hits and committed two errors in the second game.

During the two games, Edmond went on a nine-inning scoring streak of averaging three runs an inning between the third inning of the first game and the fourth inning of the second game.

Duncan coach Darren Briggs said that his players need to focus on improving their hustle in the game.

“We have kids who make a mistake and then hang their heads and want someone to tell them it will be all right,” Briggs said. “It isn’t. They need to work on fixing the problem and hustling.”

Briggs said that the problem stems from the kids being used to playing on a middle-school level.

“If our players can look in the mirror every day and say they are improving and progressing day to day, that’s what we are looking for,” he said. “It’s gonna take time, and not just during the summer.”

Briggs said that a good portion of the runs allowed could’ve been prevented.

“Edmond North is the best team in our division,” he said. “Probably seven of the runs in the first game were scored because of free bases from a walk or error.”

Edmond North 17, DUNCAN 10

Conner Cox started the game for Duncan and pitched 2 2/3 innings before being replaced by Dillon Linke after allowing four runs, walking three straight batters and striking out three.

Linke finished the game for Duncan and struck out two.

It looked like Duncan might surpass Edmond after sending 10 batters to the plate in the second and scoring five, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Edmond’s offense. The Huskies responded to the challenge by sending 10 batters to the plate in the third, eight in the fourth and nine in the sixth. Edmond scored four in the third, four in the fourth and five in the sixth.

Duncan finished the game by scoring two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh, but the offense produced was still far short of the runs needed.

Edmond NORTH 16, DUNCAN 6

Thomas Edwards pitched the entire game for Duncan and struck out four and walked seven.

Edmond took off running in the first inning and never let go of its lead. It scored four in the first, two in the second, five in the third, one in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Duncan scored one in the first and three in the second to pull within two and then didn’t score anything until the fifth when Duncan brought two players home.

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