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It took a while for the Lady Demons to adjust when Altus changed pitchers.
But once they adjusted, they took over.
The Duncan High School softball team improved to 22-4 after defeating the Lady Bulldogs 14-0 in five innings.
Duncan softball coach Robert Cowan said Altus’ starting pitcher, Tessa Duncan, was the same pitcher the Lady Demons faced when the two teams met at Altus earlier this season. Duncan tallied three runs off the Altus starter, with Berkley Faulkner leading off with a solo home run over the centerfield wall. Autumn Parker then scored on a fielder’s choice and K.K. Williams scored on a passed ball.
Altus then changed pitchers in the second inning, with Riley Kinder taking over on the mound. The Lady Demons got just one hit off Kinder in the next two innings. That hit was a single by Stephanie Wainscroft up the right field line.
“We went from facing a left hander to a right hander,” Cowan said.
Things changed in the fourth inning, though. Stephanie Wainscroft got things started, this time with a shot up the left field line for a double. After Parker was hit by a pitch, Kennedy Stewart’s single drove in Wainscroft.
K.K. Williams then showed her speed by beating a throw to first on a fielder’s choice, loading up the bases. Parker then scored on a passe ball, then Corrina Rivas doubled to bring in two. Jenny Rather followed with an RBI double and it was 8-0 at that point.
The Lady Demons weren’t finished. Wainscroft drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 9-0. Faulkner then hit a shot to left field that looked like it might clear the fence, but it bounced off the top of the fence. Still, it resulted in a bases-clearing double for Faulkner.
The Lady Demons added another run on an error and an RBI single from Williams.
“After you get used to the pitching, you do pretty good,” Cowan said.
Faulkner was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, Stewart was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Wainscroft was 2-for-2 with a double. Rivas had a two-run double and Rather had an RBI double.
Corrina Rivas got the win, holding the Bulldogs to one hit with one walk and six strikeouts.
The Lady Demons host another district game Tuesday, this one against Noble. A win Tuesday will ensure the Lady Demons at least a second-place finish in the district and a home game for the first round of regionals.
“I think they know the importance of it,” Cowan said.
Duncan will have another key district game Thursday, on the road at Chickasha.