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April 24, 2014

Demon baseball to face best in Class 5A

DUNCAN — The Duncan baseball team will see the best Class 5A has to offer at the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.

Demon coach Tim Hightower described the event as a “pre-state tournament” because many of the teams attending are state tournament contenders.

Duncan will open against Shawnee Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Demons then play two games Friday: one against Pryor at 10 a.m. and against Collinsville at 3 p.m. Duncan then faces McAlester Saturday at 10 a.m.

Hightower called Shawnee a “tradition rich team” that has a good chance to win the Class 5A state title. Collinsville has won 20-plus games this season, Pryor has reached state many times and McAlester is strong.

“All these teams will be state-caliber teams and all will have a chance to get there,” Hightower said.

So the event will be a good chance to see how the Demons fare against the best in Class 5A.

“Two weeks ahead of the playoffs, it’s a good time to go out and see how you measure up and how you’ll look,” Hightower said.

Duncan will then look for a pair of wins next week against Altus. Two wins would ensure the Demons a top-four finish in District 2-5A and a trip to regionals. Carl Albert has won the district and Chickasha claimed second after winning two games against Lawton MacArthur this week. Noble and Altus remain in the hunt for third and fourth place.

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