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May 2, 2013

Demons take opener at regional tournament

GUTHRIE — After pulling ahead in the second inning, the Demons refused to let off the gas, overwhelming the Indians at the plate en route to a 14-4 victory.

“We hit the ball well, ran the bases aggressively and came up with a complete game,” Demons coach Tim Hightower said. “A lot of times during the season we jumped out to an early lead and thought the game was over, letting teams come back. The team knows now they have to continue being aggressive even with a five or six run lead.”

Each team looked poised at the start, as  the Indians and Demons each opened the game with two runs in the first inning.

From that point on, it was all Duncan.

The Demons earned their third run with some impressive baserunning. With Cody Cole on first and Taber Kaspereit on third base, Cole drew the attention of the Indians defense by stealing second. El Reno tried to tag Cole out and Kaspereit responded the right way, coming home uncontested after the throw to second.

Cole was rewarded for his efforts on the next play, when sophomore catcher Mason Hightower brought him home on an RBI double to deep left field. Bryce Byford followed up with an RBI of his own, bringing home Cade Baldwin, who ran for Hightower on a ground ball single to right field.

Duncan kept the pressure on with seven more runs in the third.

John Campbell brought home the inning’s first runs with a pop up single up the middle, scoring Tanner Norton. Dillon Stanley added to the lead in the same fashion, placing a pop single to centerfield to score Campbell.

While the Indians struggled with control on the mound, Duncan was more than willing to take advantage. Ryan Haley reached on an infield single and then came home on a passed ball. With Norton at the plate, two more passed balls scored Baldwin and Byford.

El Reno responded with a towering two run homer to left, but it was too little too late.

With an eight run lead, Duncan secured the run-rule victory in the bottom of the fifth. Baldwin scored from third on a bases loaded walk to Riley Peters and Hunter Phillips secured the win with a hard hit ground ball single to left, bringing home Byford.

While Duncan got busy scoring, Stanley kept the Indians at bay, notching a complete game win.

“He [Stanley] had some nerves early but he settled down and threw strikes,” Hightower said. “He responded and took control of the game.”

The Demons completed its second regional contest against Guthrie Wednesday. The team returns to action in the regional tournament Thursday.

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