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April 4, 2013

Demons set to play No. 5 Chicks at home

DUNCAN — At this point in the season, it’s safe to say that nobody can question the quality of competition the Duncan baseball team has dealt with recently.

The Demons (9-7) already faced its first test Tuesday with a doubleheader against No.1 Carl Albert, and will take on another ranked foe Friday when it hosts No. 5 Chickasha.

“They’re going to come in here with a lot of confidence because they’re playing really well right now,” Demons coach Tim Hightower said. “In this game, we’re looking to stay more aggressive in the middle innings and to be better finishers.”

The Demons have seen a little bit of everything in its last week of play, winning its final three games at the Ardmore/ Lone Grove Showcase by a combined total of 30 runs before dropping two straight to the top-ranked Titans at home.

In each of its defeats to Carl Albert, the Demons offense started hot with two first run innings before fizzling out and failing to score again.

“We’ve let some people come back from early leads and once we get behind, we haven’t done a great job at making a comeback and getting back into the game,” Hightower said. “Hopefully we can play a complete game against Chickasha, that’s what we’ll need to win.”

Duncan suffered a scare in its loss against the Titans Monday, losing sophomore catcher Mason Hightower to a wrist injury after he was hit by a foul tip. Hightower remains a game time decision.

The matchup will be the ninth district game for Duncan this season, with the Demons going 4-4 in their previous eight district contests.

Despite rainy conditions Tuesday that led to numerous cancellations of local games this week, Hightower said that the team’s field should be ready to be for play by Friday afternoon.

There’s no question Duncan will be presented with a worthy opponent, as the Fighting Chicks (17-2) have won its last seven games and is 4-1 against top 20 ranked teams. Chickasha comes into the matchup with an impressive road record of 7-1. The Demons pitchers will take on a strong lineup, as the Fighting Chicks have averaged just under ten runs a game during their winning streak.

“This is one of those games where if we can keep things close and hang around in the later innings, I like our chances,” Hightower said. “It’s all about making sure we can build on the early game success we’ve had.”

Duncan has not yet decided who will make the start, with Hightower saying that one of three potential starters could be selected.

Play is slated to begin at 5 p.m.

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