Things went well until the final game.
The Duncan High School softball team shut out its first four opponents in a tournament at Durant Friday and Saturday.
But when the Lady Demons faced the host team for the championship, the defense didn’t hold up. Duncan committed four errors in a 7-1 loss to the Cougars Saturday.
“Corrina (Rivas) didn’t pitch bad,” said Lady Demon coach Robert Cowan. “But they’d get a couple baserunners on, hit a routine ball and we’d drop it.”
Cowan added the Lady Demons left the bases loaded a couple of times and couldn’t get clutch hits to bring in runners.
The Lady Demons had seven hits against the Cougars but managed just one run. K.K. Williams and Kortney Brown each had two singles.
Before the final game, the Lady Demons had been on a roll, shutting out four teams.
First came a 1-0 victory against Lone Grove Friday. Rivas struck out 12 batters while giving up four hits with no walks.
Duncan scored its only run in the first inning, after Berkley Faulkner doubled, advanced on Autumn Parker’s sacrifice bunt, then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Williams.
The Lady Demons won their second game Friday, beating Oklahoma City Western High 8-0. Autumn Parker threw a one-hitter with three strikeouts.
Faulkner had a two-run homer in the second inning and added a single. Getting two hits apiece were Parker, Rivas, Brown and Kennedy Stewart.
The Lady Demons opened play Saturday with a 2-0 win against Rattan. Duncan didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning when Faulkner singled, and didn’t score its runs until the sixth, with Williams doubling, Parker reaching first when hit by a pitch, then Rivas driving in both baserunners.
Rivas was strong on the mound as well, striking out 14 batters with three hits and three walks.
The Lady Demons then beat Dixon 5-0. Rivas threw a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
Seven players had singles for Duncan. Falon Howell and Jenny Rather each had two RBIs.
The Lady Demons are 21-4 overall and have a busy schedule this week. They host Altus Monday, then host Noble Tuesday, before heading to Chickasha Thursday for a key district game.
Lady Demons notch shutouts in first four games
Things went well until the final game.
Demon golfers compete at Lincoln Park
The Duncan boys golfers competed at a tournament at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City Thursday.
Individual scores were Blake Graham with 76 and 79, Logan Harris with 76 and 75, Tyler Albin with 77 and 78, Christian Dructor with 78 and 86, and Carson Hogstad with 80 and 83.
Track teams head to Norman
The Duncan track athletes travel to Norman today for a meet at the University of Oklahoma.
Duncan boys coach Todd Ledford said that the Demons will be one of just three Class 5A teams attending. The rest of the teams are 6A.
Demon baseball beats Plainview in extra innings
The Duncan baseball team had to go extra innings and then hold off a late rally to win at Plainview 3-2 Thursday.
The game was tied 1-1 after seven innings. The Demons broke the tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, but Plainview battled back to make it 3-2 in its half of the inning.
More home tourney action awaits Demons
Another weekend of home matches await the Duncan tennis teams.
The BancFirst Tournament will be at the Duncan High School tennis courts, with the girls playing Friday and the boys Saturday. The tourneys come one week after Duncan hosted the Southern Oklahoma Invitational.
Bulldog pitching staff builds confidence
Heading towards the postseason, Empire is closing in on the possibility of winning record thanks in large part to its improvements on defense.
The Bulldogs (10-11) have cut down the errors from 10 or more a game to two or three a game. Coach Stefan Hunt said that’s led to the pitchers seeing some better results on the mound. Though, the pitchers have improved their game as well.
Demons in close district race
The Duncan baseball team is in a close race to finish in the top four in District 2-5A and earn a trip to regionals.
Duncan is 7-3 in district and in third place. First-place Carl Albert has lost just one district game. The Titans split with second-place Chickasha, which also split with Duncan.
Gayanich to play for Panhandle State
Velma-Alma senior Jaz Gayanich signed Wednesday to play basketball for Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
Gayanich said Panhandle coach Jerry Olsen was upfront about his program and ideas, compared to other coaches Gayanich visited. Gayanich already knows what role he’s expected to play.
Those who knew John Humphrey respected him
Duncan resident Rod Battles got to know John Humphrey pretty well.
Battles first played Duncan High School baseball for Humphrey in 1965. He later returned to DHS, when Humphrey hired him as an assistant, and later head baseball coach. After both men retired, they became fishing buddies. Humphrey joined Battles and others for annual trips to Lake Texhoma.
Comets stay calm under pressure
Lately, Velma-Alma baseball has made a habit of having some exciting finishes.
In its home tournament, the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament, last weekend, it won four of five games. All of those victories came by less than five runs and two of them were by only one run.
Course challenges Lady Demons
The Duncan girls golf team took sixth at the longest course it has played this year.
KickingBird Golf Course is 5,300 yards. Add the windy conditions at the tournament hosted by Edmond Santa Fe and it made for a challenging day.
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