The Duncan Banner

October 10, 2013

Bats cool at first, but then heat up

Lady Demons need one more win to advance to state

Bob Morris
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Lady Demons’ bats were quiet to in their first game of regionals, but things changed in the second game.

Duncan didn’t get things off to a good start at the plate against Northwest Classen Wednesday, mustering just three hits but escaping with a 2-1 victory.

But the Lady Demons were more focused at the plate against El Reno, tallying seven hits and drawing 10 walks in a convincing 12-2 win.

Duncan coach Robert Cowan wasn’t sure why the bats weren’t coming through in the first game, but was happy that the players “finally came alive” in the fifth inning of the second game.

“We went through 11 innings today but didn’t hit,” Cowan said. “But hitting is contagious.”

The Lady Demons got a quality outing from senior Autumn Parker in the first game, as she held Northwest Classen to four hits with five strikeouts.

Yet the Demons trailed 1-0 through six innings, before senior Sara McCormick had a leadoff double in the seventh. Senior Jenny Rather singled to bring McCormick in.

Junior Berkley Faulkner hit a deep fly ball to center field, but a miscommunication between Classen outfielders led to an error and Duncan scoring the winning run.

The second game saw the Lady Demons break a 2-2 tie in the fifth by racking up nine runs. Two of those runs came off sophomore K.K. Williams’ deep shot over the center field wall. Duncan also drew four walks with the bases loaded.

It led to an 11-2 lead for the Lady Demons. They then put the game away in the sixth thanks to Faulkner’s RBI single.

One win Thursday will officially put Duncan into the state tournament.

“We’re in the driver’s seat,” Cowen said. “That’s the biggest thing. We’ve just got to win one of the two.”

Duncan plays at 2 p.m., facing the winner of a noon game between El Reno and Ardmore.