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In its finale against Lawton, the Duncan baseball team did not complete the regular season the way it had envisioned Monday.
Playing in its final tuneup before regionals, the Demons couldn’t carry over the momentum from last week’s Senior Night victory in a 14-2 defeat to the Wolverines on the road.
“The biggest part of this game was preparing for the regional tournament,” Demons coach Tim Hightower said. “We’re excited to see what we can do when we get there.”
Duncan looked poised to take an early lead in the first after Ryan Haley led off with a single and Mason Hightower was hit by a pitch, but the team came up short when Bryce Byford grounded into a double play at second base.
Lawton wasted no time to get on the board, scoring in the inning’s bottom half. It took just one batter for the Wolverines to take the lead, as Khalil Hayes led off with an inside the park homerun. Hayes blasted a fly ball to deep left, Duncan centerfielder lost the ball in the sun, and the Demons could not get the ball home before Hayes crossed the plate.
Two RBI singles later, Lawton had extended the lead to 3-0 by the end of the inning. Duncan then put its lone runs on the board in the top of the third.
The Demons’ scoring came when Dillon Stanley forced a walk and Hightower provided the offense with his third homerun of the season, a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left field.
While Duncan would be done scoring after that, Lawton was just getting started, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the third to take a 12-2 lead. The Wolverines tacked on two more runs en route to the victory, run ruling the Demons.
With the regular season now behind them, the Demons will begin play at the regional tournament at 1 p.m. Thursday against El Reno at Guthrie.