Sean Gorman / The Duncan Banner
The Duncan Banner
The Duncan baseball hung tough with the No. 5 team in the state Friday, but couldn’t muster enough at the plate to turn the effort into a win.
Though senior pitcher Dillon Stanley dazzled on the mound with a complete game performance, the Demons fell short to district foe Chickasha in a 3-1 home defeat.
“I thought that as a team we fought hard, but we made a few too many mistakes,” Demons coach Tim Hightower said. “When you face good teams like that, they’ll take advantage of that.”
With the loss, the Demons fell to 4-5 in district play.
The Fighting Chicks (18-2) got off on the right foot in the first inning, drawing a walk and bringing the runner home on a double off the centerfield wall.
Duncan looked poised to tie the game in the bottom of the second after walks from junior second baseman John Campbell and sophomore catcher Mason and a single from senior right fielder Tanner Norton loaded the bases. Following two strikeouts, the team came up empty handed when senior left fielder Ryan Haley grounded out to short.
“We need to be more aggressive at the plate and put the ball in play,” Hightower said. “I think we’re doing that a little more often, we’ve definitely progressed as a team in all phases in the last few weeks and we’ll continue to improve.”
Neither team posed a threat in the third, but the Fighting Chicks got back to work in the fourth.With one runner at third base, Chickasha earned a bunt single up the middle with the runner at home plate and first base reaching safely to extend its lead to 2-0.
That advantage lasted until when the Demons first got on the board in the fifth inning. Haley got the offense going, starting the inning by blasting a double off the centerfield wall. Senior shortstop Cade Baldwin moved him to third with a bunt, and sophomore third baseman Bryce Byford brought Haley home with an infield single to make it 2-1.
Chickasha took issue with the one run lead and brought it back to two in the top of the sixth with an RBI triple to deep left field.
Duncan threatened with junior outfielder Hunter Phillips reaching base with a walk in the seventh, but the hard fought game concluded when Baldwin struck out.
Stanley did all he could in the losing effort, lasting a full seven innings with three earned runs and five strikeouts.
The Demons will be out for revenge in when the teams meet up for a second time Monday at 5 p.m. at Chickasha.