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March 25, 2013

Demons suffer first district loss

DUNCAN — It seems this season when the No. 14 Duncan Demons travel to Lawton, bad things happen to them.

Against No. 19 Lawton MacArthur Monday afternoon, lightning struck twice.

For the second time this season, the Demons offense struggled in Lawton as DHS suffered its first district loss of the season to the Highlanders, 7-3.

“We’ve had some tough road trips to Lawton this season it seems like,” Duncan coach Tim Hightower said. “But, the good thing is that we have an opportunity to return the favor at home on Tuesday. Our boys just got overly aggressive out there and the breaks just didn’t go our way. We battled but those things just happen.”

Duncan found itself in a hole down 4-0 when the Demons got on the board in the top of the third inning.

Bryce Byford and Cade Baldwin both got RBI singles to cut the Highlanders lead in half, but MHS responded with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

In the top of the fifth inning, DHS (6-2) once again tried to battle back as Dillion Stanley registered an RBI double, but the Highlanders were one step ahead as they tallied two more runs to keep their comfortable lead.

Stanley (3-1) suffered his first loss on the mound in the losing effort, striking out seven Highlander batters.

Caleb Smith got the win on the mound for Lawton MacArthur (4-6).

These two teams will meet at Sportsman’s Park today at 4:30 p.m. for the conclusion of this district series.

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