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For the Duncan baseball team, last weekend’s McAlester 5A Shootout yielded the same results it has seen for most of the season: a mixed bag of ups and downs.
The No. 14 Demons (13-15) dropped two of three contests at the tournament, dropping a back and forth opener to Durant, bouncing back against Shawnee and getting overwhelmed by host McAlester in ts final game.
Durant 7, Duncan 6
After all Thursday games at the Shootout were canceled because of rain, the Demons let the Lions storm out to an early lead, letting up four runs in the second inning. Duncan battled back immediately, scoring two runs in the third and three in the fourth to claim a 5-4 advantage. The Demons added to its lead with another run in the sixth but it would not be enough, as the Lions had the last laugh by scoring three unearned runs in the inning’s bottom frame. Senior Dillon Stanley took the loss for the Demons.
Duncan 9, Shawnee 6
The Demons’ strongest performance came in the middle game, as it held off a late Shawnee rally to hang on to its third win in four games.The Demons avoided making the same mistake as in their first game, drawing first blood with three runs in the first two innings. After Shawnee responded with a run in the top of the third, Duncan delivered what would be the knockout punch with a six run effort in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore catcher Mason Hightower got the rally going, leading off the third with a solo shot over the left field wall. Senior Brian Bradburry added to the effort with an RBI triple and junior Hunter Phillips delivered an RBI single. After senior left fielder Ryan Haley reached on an error and Taber Kaspereit got on base on a fielder’s choice, the duo was brought home by an RBI double from senior Dillon Stanley.
McAlester 15, Duncan 7
Duncan tried to build on the momentum from its second win, but the Buffaloes’ bats made sure that wasn’t going to happen.
Duncan did deliver the contest’s first blow, scoring a run in the first inning when Hightower brought home Haley after Haley doubled off the left field fence.
The flood gates opened in the first and second innings, with McAlester taking a 7-1 lead with four in the first and three in the second.
The Demons’ final stand came in the top of the third inning, as Duncan clawed back with five runs of its own. Kaspereit drew a leadoff walk, Haley singled and Stanley followed by reaching on an error. Hightower plated Kaspereit with an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Bradbury brought in two more runs with a two RBI single.
After Duncan’s best effort, McAlester go back to work with three more in the inning’s bottom half and never looked back, scoring five more runs to secure the win.
The Demons will be back in action at 5 p.m. Monday when they travel to face district foe Del City.