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The Duncan softball team found itself in almost the exact same spot as it was 24 hours before, but failed to earn the same results Tuesday night.
One day after notching a comeback victory against Lawton Eisenhower, the Lady Demons rally fell short in a 6-4 loss to Stephens County rival Marlow at Southwest Park.
“We got beaten by a good team, the last two years were one run games and that’s the kind of game we expected tonight,” Lady Demons coach Robert Cowan said. “We haven’t seen pitching like that so far. I’m disappointed we lost, but it’s still early in the season and there’s room to improve.”
Marlow turned to Gigi Wall on the mound, who picked up a complete game victory with four earned runs and 10 strikeouts. After allowing three runs in the first inning, Wall held Duncan to just one in the final six.
“She got a little more focused and started to hit her spots,” Lady Outlaws head coach Brian Miller said. “She left some over the plate early, but then settled down. I’ll take it, I was happy with the way we played. These are games we have to win.”
Marlow had the last laugh, but Duncan threw the first punches in the first. KK Williams got Duncan on the board with an RBI single to left field to score Kortney Brown. Stephanie Wainscott then scored on a throw to second when Williams attempted steal and and Autumn Parker brought home Duncan’s third run with an RBI single to right field, plating Williams.
Wall helped Marlow respond in the inning’s bottom half with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Kaytlyn Kizarr after Kizarr reached base on a single to center.
Duncan pitcher Corrina Rivas and Wall dueled for the next two and half innings, with each team failing to score again until the bottom of the fourth inning.
That’s when the Lady Outlaws offense woke up. Meagan Bourne got the rally going with a fly ball double to left field to score Shelby Elroy. A Duncan mistake led to Marlow’s second run, as an errant throw to second base brought home Shayna Throckmorton after a bunt from Connor Clements. Marlow added one more run of insurance when Kizarr blasted a two-out double to deep center field to score Bourne.
“We just had an inning where they put a little pressure on us and we just crumbled,” Cowan said. “The more games we play and the more we play better teams like this, the better we’ll handle those situations.”
Duncan fought to get back in the game at the start of the fifth, with Berkley Faulker leading off the inning with a line drive double to right field. Williams once again delivered the offense for the Lady Demons, scoring Wainscott, who pinch ran for Faulkner. But Wall recovered, got out of the inning and kept Duncan scoreless for the game’s final two frames.
After Bourne scored Abbey Warren and Elroy, Wall clinched the win by forcing a groundout in the top of the seventh inning.
“In our class ,we only get bout three weeks of rankings, so I told the team that they have to make them notice us early on,” Miller said. “We have to win early, and that makes this an encouraging win.”