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The Duncan baseball team will need to take care of business next week in its final District 2-5A games.
The Demons are 7-5 in district (16-9 overall) after dropping both games of a doubleheader at Carl Albert Monday, 8-1 and 4-1. The Titans (13-1, 26-4) won the district title.
Duncan remains in the hunt for a top-four placing and a trip to regionals, but the Demons must win both games at Altus next week. Duncan goes to Altus this Monday, then hosts Altus the next day.
“All we can count on right now is to take care of Altus and we’ll fit in wherever we fit,” said Demon coach Tim Hightower.
Noble (7-3, 19-8) and Chickasha (9-2, 18-8) remain in the hunt for a top-four placing and those teams face each other next week. Duncan has split with both teams and holds the tiebreaker with each. However, Chickasha is the only district team to beat Carl Albert. That gives the Fighting Chicks an edge in the race for second.
Errors hurt the Demons in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader. The defense played better in the second game, Hightower said, but the Titans’ pitchers made things difficult for the Demon batters.
“We saw some good pitching,” Hightower said. “They pitched three kids who were at 90 (mph) plus. We had a difficult time finding ways to score.”
Hightower was happy with how Dylan Zawicki and Mason Rogers pitched. It was just a matter of getting the offense going, he said.
Before the games next week against Altus, the Demons will head to the McAlester Shootout Thursday through Saturday.