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July 2, 2014

Heartbreak in Edmond

EDMOND — With an 8-1 lead versus Edmond Memorial in Edmond, Duncan thought it had its ticket punched to the Red Dirt summer league semifinals.

Edmond roared back and won the game 9-8 supported by two home runs in the dying embers of the late innings, ending the Demons’ summer season.

Senior Mason Hightower thought the game was very different from a usual summer game, saying the Demons lost their focus and Edmond made them pay.

“We kind of got complacent and just thought we had the game in our hands,” Hightower said. “They started to make a run at it and when they did it got to be an intense game.”

Playing a leading role in that pressure-packed atmosphere, freshman Tyler Polk started the game and gave his team the opportunity to close it out. Hightower said the Demons should have taken the opportunity.

“We have to keep on playing until it’s over,” Hightower said. “They’re a pretty good 6A team, and we should have beat them. There’s not doubt that we can play with anybody and we’re just as good as anybody else is.”

That gives Duncan some confidence heading into the spring. Throughout the summer the key was getting better and that showed on the mound.

Pitching coach Colby Snider said the team entered the offseason with a couple of talented pitchers, but that group has grown dramatically with new players being thrust into the spotlight.

They’ve accepted the roles with no hesitation and Snider is glad to have so many athletes ready to accept the challenge.

Leading the way is senior Dylan Zawicki, who has a knack for escaping jams and going deep into ballgames. With junior Mason Rodgers out with an injury, Zawicki has been the No. 1 guy on the hill for Duncan.

“He has a good ability to focus and cut out outside distractions and control what he can control,” Snider said.

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