The Duncan High softball seniors remember their freshmen season well.
In 2010, the Lady Demons traveled to El Reno for a regional tournament and lost the championship game to the host Indians.
“Now, as seniors, it’s our turn,” said senior Taylor Barrick, as the Lady Demons prepare to host regionals this Wednesday and Thursday.
Duncan will open play against Northwest Classen at noon Wednesday, followed by El Reno facing Ardmore at 2 p.m. The double-elimination tourney continues with the losers playing each other at 4 p.m. and the winners facing off at 6 p.m.
The tourney concludes with the championship Thursday at 2 p.m.
The Lady Demons have won regionals in six of the eight years that Robert Cowan has coached them. The only years Duncan missed out on a state trip were in 2011, after losing to Shawnee, and 2010, the year El Reno beat Duncan in the finals.
“It’s not easy to get (to state),” Cowan said. “It takes a lot of time and effort.”
Barrick and her fellow seniors — Kortney Brown, Mollea Cramton, Sara McCormick, Autumn Parker and Jenny Rather —said that, in the past, they had a good group of upperclassmen to learn from. Now they, as seniors, get to work with and pass knowledge to a number of younger players.
“It’s not all about the upperclassmen,” Parker said. “The freshmen and sophomores have really stepped up this year.”
Among the younger players is freshman pitcher Corrina Rivas, who has handled the workload on the mound as Parker has battled a shoulder injury. But Cowan said Parker is ready to go and he plans to start her against Northwest Classen.
“Last year, she pitched about 80 percent of our games and got us to the state tourney,” Cowan said. “Earlier this year, I split her with Corrina, but then she had a shoulder injury.”
Parker remained in the lineup, though, taking a spot in the outfield. Meanwhile, the other seniors have done their part.
“They’ve played a huge part in our success this year and the past years,” Cowan said.
He noted Brown has played “pretty much every position” in her high school career. She has settled in at second base but has previously played every other position except pitcher and catcher.
Meanwhile, McCormick started at third base to open the season but moved back to her original position in the outfield. Cowan said McCormick has a “quick release” when she throws and that her batting has improved in the last 10 games.
First baseman Rather has been one of the team’s better fielders and the Lady Demons’ fifth leading hitter. Barrick and Cramton are part-time starters, with Barrick stepping in as a right fielder and Cramton as the designated player, or the equivalent to the designated hitter in baseball.
And then there’s junior Berkley Faulkner, who Cowan called “one of the three best players I have ever coached.” Faulkner tallied 11 home runs last season as a sophomore and has 10 this season with a .496 batting average.
Faulkner and the seniors appreciate the fan support from parents and friends this season.
“As softball players, we don’t think that the school takes us as seriously,” she said. “So it means a lot when our parents and friends come out.”
And fans have packed the stands for games this season.
“I’ve had people who have said to me, ‘I had never been to a softball game. But I came out one night and I don’t know why I didn’t do it more often,’” he said.
As Parker puts it, the chance to play regionals in front of the home crowd means “a more relaxed environment.”
“It’s a good way to end our senior year,” Brown added.
Lady Demons aim to return to state
The Duncan High softball seniors remember their freshmen season well.
Outlaws shut out Indians
Marlow baseball snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-0 win at home against Comanche Monday.
“We needed to get this win and we got it,” said Marlow coach Jeff Brewer.
Demon golfers focused on regionals
The Duncan boys golfers have two more tournaments left before regionals.
The Demons will head to Ardmore this Monday for a tournament that was postponed from March 3 because of the weather.
Tourney named in memory of T-ball player
The Comanche Youth Council will dedicate its preseason baseball and softball tournament to the memory of a T-ball player who unexpectedly passed away this past weekend.
Tyee Percival, 5, was in his first year of T-ball and played for the Rangers. The youth council has named its preseason tourney the Tyee Percival Memorial Tournament. The council will hang a commemorative banner over the T-ball field at the Comanche Field of Dreams.
Lady Donkeys push towards playoffs
Fighting its roster limitations, Bray-Doyle slowpitch softball has a rare opportunity in front of it.
Coach Frank Moser is optimistic about his chances in district versus Mayesville and No. 5 Roff. While Roff has been one of the best teams in Class 2A — it has a winning record despite almost all of its games coming against ranked competitors — Mayesville has been one of the worst. It picked up its first win against Alex on April 8 by just one run.
Outlaws have chance to host regionals
The Marlow baseball team has had to overcome some adversity in recent weeks, but coach Jeff Brewer is confident the team will get back on track.
The past week started with a road game at Blanchard, ranked seventh in Class 4A, last Tuesday. Then came a tough outing at home against Class 4A Newcastle Thursday and a showdown Friday at Sterling, ranked fourth in Class A.
Tennis teams place second
The Duncan tennis teams did well for themselves in a tough field at the BancFirst Tournament.
The girls played Friday and took second as a team, with Marisa Moore taking second at No. 2 singles and Aubrey Mouser and Jordan Clauson the same placing at No. 2 doubles. Taking third were Alex Bowers at No. 1 singles and Sydney Hendricks and Carly Kirkland at No. 1 doubles.
Bronchos boast top-notch backstops
Central High coach Jeff Jones has had to tinker with his lineup to get the best Bronchos on the field for most of the year, but one position he hasn’t had to worry about is catcher.
That consistency came in the form of two very different players.
First, there’s the unheralded freshman Keeton Sallee. Flirting with a .400 batting average, Sallee is one of the Bronchos’ best offensive weapons. On defense, his quick release and strong arm cause headaches for opponents on the basepath. Just months into his high-school career, he’s performing admirably.
Girls soccer wins big at Eisenhower
The Duncan girls soccer team dominated its match at Lawton Eisenhower Friday, winning 8-0.
“We really moved the ball well,” said Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay. “We did a fantastic job. Everyone got a good amount of playing time.”
‘Dial’-ing up a vaulting tradition
Marlow’s pole vaulters have a good chance to continue the legacy of Joe Dial.
Dial held the world record in the men’s indoor pole vault at one point, clearing 19 feet, 3 3/4 inches in on Feb. 1, 1986. He was a four-time state champion at Marlow from 1978 to 1981, with his best state meet mark coming in 1980 when he cleared 17 feet, 1 inch. He now coaches track at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
Demons post good times at tough meet
A meet at the University of Oklahoma Friday proved tough for the Duncan track athletes, but the coaches saw plenty of good things.
Duncan’s boys tallied nine top-six placings at a meet that mostly featured Class 6A schools. Kevin Roddy won the shot put (57’1.5”) and discus (178’11”), Mason Bivens won the 3200 (9:53.71) and Walker Clampitt won the 800 (2:00.03).
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