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March 18, 2014

Demon baseball splits pair with Cache

DUNCAN — Duncan baseball (3-1) lost a tough first outing against Cache 6-5 in eight innings at home Monday, then won big in the second 8-1.

The games were not originally scheduled as a doubleheader. Duncan was to host one game Monday with Cache hosting the second Tuesday. But Cache’s field was not ready to use, so both games were played in Duncan. Cache, though, was the home team for the second game.

The first game was tied 4-4 after four innings. Duncan got a one-run single from Dylan Zawickie in the fifth but couldn’t follow up. Noble tied it in the sixth, then got the go-ahead run in the eighth that proved enough to win it.

Demon coach Tim Hightower thought the chances were there.

“A couple hits here and there might have done it,” he said. “They battled well, but as a team, I felt we should have won the ball game.”

Zawickie pitched five innings, then Trevor Stone worked the next two. John Campbell pitched the eighth and took the loss.

Duncan took care of business in the second game. The Demons jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first, thanks in part to a three-run homer from Hunter Phillips.

“He’s that type of hitter,” Hightower said. “When he’s zoned in, he can do some good things. It’s good to see him rounding third in that situation.”

Mason Rogers got his second win of the season. He pitched a complete game, striking out four and walking just one.

Duncan’s defense held strong in both games. The Demons had just one error for the day.

“(Noble) earned most of the runs they got,” Hightower said.

While the Demons would prefer to be 2-0 to open the district, Hightower said he was glad to see the players responded after the opening loss.

Duncan will now prepare for the Shawnee Festival Friday. The Demons then have a district pair against Chickasha next week.

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