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Duncan baseball coach Tim Hightower spoke about “wasted opportunities” following Thursday’s 3-1 home loss to Binger-Oney.
The Demons left 11 baserunners stranded and had two costly seventh-inning errors that led to the Bobcats’ winning runs.
“We had opportunities to score and didn’t do it, and then we had defensive miscues in the seventh,” Hightower said. “You have got to make plays when it counts.”
Duncan twice loaded the bases but failed to score each time. The Demons had a chance to win in the seventh after they had three men on, but Dylan Zawicki flew out to centerfield to end the game.
It didn’t help that the Demon defense broke down in the Bobcats’ half of the inning. Third baseman Blaine Hillin misplayed a grounder, then left fielder Bryce Byford dropped a routine fly ball, loading the bases for Binger-Oney. The Bobcats’ Jose Fixico then singled to left to bring in two.
Hightower felt bad for Demon pitcher Skylar Rodriguez. The senior gave up a solo home run to Weston Kerlick in the third, but was sharp otherwise. Rodriguez held the Bobcats to five hits and struck out six.
“I thought Skylar should have had a complete-game win,” Hightower said. “He struggled early but he settled down and pitched well.
“But in that seventh inning, we had a couple of defensive errors and they capitalized.”
Duncan will next prepare for a District 2-5A pair against Del City. The Demons host a game Monday and it will be “Pink Night,” in which the Demons will wear pink for cancer awareness. The teams then meet again Tuesday at Del City.