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October 11, 2013

Lady Demons secure state berth

DUNCAN — Duncan’s Corrina Rivas has gained a reputation for her pitching, but it was her bat that came up big for the Lady Demons Thursday.

The Duncan softball freshman was 4-for-4 in the regional championship against El Reno, a 7-1 victory that secured the Lady Demons a berth in the Class 5A state tournament.

“I’m really excited,” Rivas said, “especially for me going as a freshman, and that the seniors get to go in their final year. They wanted it so bad and I’m excited for them.”

Rivas wasn’t the only one coming up big at the plate, though. Sophomore K.K. Williams drove in five runs, going 2-for-3 on the day. Seniors Sara McCormick and Kortney Brown each added singles to help Duncan’s cause.

It was quite a contrast from how the Lady Demons opened regionals, in which they had just three hits against Northwest Classen.

“The first game, we thought we had it in our hands all along, and everybody slacked off,” Williams said. “Last night (against El Reno), we knew if we didn’t hit, we weren’t going to win. The same thing happened today.”

Coach Robert Cowan said that, although some of the players wanted to hit better, they found other ways to contribute.

Senior Autumn Parker nabbed four fly balls in center field, McCormick snared one in left and freshman Kylie Greening caught two in right field, including the catch that ended the game.

“If they didn’t produce at the plate, they produced in the field,” Cowan said. “When you believe you are going to win, everything clicks.”

The sharp defense boosted a good performance by Rivas on the mound. She held the Indians to five hits and struck out eight.

“The few they hit to the outfield, we had pretty good defense,” Rivas said, adding that infielders Williams, Brown and Kennedy Stewart also helped the cause with their gloves.

“They were pretty sharp defensively and always knowing where to go,” she said.

The regional wins improved Duncan’s overall record to 31-6. It marked the seventh time in Cowan’s nine years at Duncan that the Lady Demons have advanced to state.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Williams, who played for Lawton High last year before moving to Duncan. “I’ve never been there (to state). I’ve never even been this close.”

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