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.
Demons take two from Del City
The Duncan baseball team swept a doubleheader at Del City Tuesday.
The Demons won the first game 13-0. Dylan Zawicki got his fourth win of the season. Duncan got two-run singles from Mason Hightower, Hunter Phillips and Collin Klingensmith. Scott Cooper and Zawicki each had one RBI.
Bronchos survive Fletcher
Coach Jeff Jones realized he made a mistake after Tuesday’s 8-7 win at home versus Fletcher.
He saw that his freshman pitcher, Dylan Jones, was struggling but he still hoped that the Bronchos could finish off the win with him on the mound. Jones had only given up one run in six full innings. Why shouldn’t the coach stick with him?
Girls tennis tops at Guthrie
The Duncan girls tennis team won a tournament hosted by Guthrie in Oklahoma City Tuesday.
The tournament was moved from Monday because of weather. It didn’t affect the Demons, as they reached the finals in all four divisions and won three.
Soccer teams do well despite losses to Antlers
Although the Duncan soccer teams didn’t score a goal against Deer Creek Tuesday at home, the coaches liked how the teams played against a tough opponent.
The boys particularly made it tough on the Antlers in a 2-0 loss. Duncan kept Deer Creek off balance had plenty of opportunities to scores, but couldn’t finish shots.
Golfers sixth at Fort Sill
Windy conditions made it difficult on the Duncan boys golf team at the Class 5A state preview tournament at Fort Sill Monday.
“It was a rough day on everybody,” said Demon coach Lindy Welborn. “I’m betting (the golfers) were concerned more with how they were going to get warm than what the’d get out of their next shot.”
Glenna L. Gray
Glenna L. Gray, 67 of Oklahoma City a former long time Duncan resident passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at her home in Oklahoma City.
Kelly headed to Southeastern
Duncan senior Connor Kelly signed Monday to play football for Southeastern Oklahoma University.
Kelly, who played quarterback and defensive back for the Demons, considered several options before joining his father Kevin’s alma mater. Connor Kelly is also a standout wrestler and hurdler for the Demons.
Demon home game becomes road doubleheader
The Duncan baseball team will head to Del City for a doubleheader Tuesday after its scheduled home Monday game was postponed.
Demon coach Tim Hightower said Del City had some transportation issues that kept the Eagles from making it to Duncan. Snow in Del City delayed school buses and one would not have been available to bring the players to Duncan until between 4:30 and 5 p.m. That would mean delaying the start time of Monday’s game until later in the evening, when it would have been cold.
Phillips’ pitching gives CHS hope in loss
In a 4-0 loss Saturday, No. 11 Central High stood toe to toe with No. 4 Sterling in the Jake Leffler Wooden Bat Tournament final.
Sophomore Cooper Phillips pitched a complete game for the Bronchos (16-7), allowing just one earned run, five hits and no walks. Coach Jeff Jones said with the team’s usual production, the Bronchos could have won the game.
Weather makes things tough at state preview
Cold, windy conditions greeted players at the Class 5A state girls golf preview tournament at Duncan Golf and Tennis Club Monday.
Duncan girls golf coach Steve Etheridge described the conditions as miserable. The golfers who came to experience the course that will be the site of the Class 5A state tournament didn’t have good scores because of the weather.
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