The Duncan Banner

March 17, 2013

Demons ready to roll on spring break

Evan Grice
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — While most of the Stephens County area baseball teams have spring break off to rest and recuperate, that’s not the case for the No. 15 Duncan Demons.

Today will see head coach Tim Hightower and his squad dive right back into district play, as DHS heads to Ardmore to begin a home and home series with the Tigers.

Duncan enters its series with the Tigers 2-0 in district play, after sweeping Southeast to open the district portion of its schedule.

“Ardmore is a team that we have a lot of respect for,” Duncan coach Tim Hightower said. “They are a quality district opponent and we’re going to have to play very well against them. We have to compete for seven innings to have a chance to win those games.”

While the Demons enter this contest with a 3-1 overall record, the Tigers come into this contest with an even 3-3 record.

However, one thing the Tigers do have in common with the Demons is the fact they are also 2-0 in district after sweeping Del City.

AHS has had struggles at home early in the season, only compiling a 1-3 record, while the Demons haven’t played a road game since opening day against Lawton Eisenhower.

Hitting was a huge part of the Demons victory on Friday night against the Eagles, with designated hitter Bryan Bradbury scorching extra base hits throughout the contest.

Pitching will also be another important key for the Demons this week, as Dillion Stanley and the rest of the Demons hurlers will look to put DHS in prime position going into the latter part of district play.

Following their series with the Tigers, Duncan will have a couple of days off to rest before heading to Shawnee on Friday for the Shawnee Festival Tournament.

DHS will open with Binger-Oney on Friday afternoon at 4:45 to begin the tournament.

Lawton MacArthur will be the next district opposition for the Demons starting on Monday March 25.

“Every district game is going to be big during the season,” Hightower said. “It would be really good for us to start out 4-0 in district. If we can get a win at Ardmore then we would be on a roll going into the Shawnee Festival. We’ve still got a lot of tough district opponents ahead of us like Carl Albert, MacArthur, Altus and Chickasha. The more we can win early on, the better position we will be in later on in the year.”