A home game for regionals has been sewn up.
Now comes a chance to win the district.
The Duncan High School softball team ensured itself no worse than a second place finish in District 2-5A following a 9-0 win over Noble at home Tuesday.
Winning the district, though, will mean the Lady Demons have to beat Chickasha on the road by at least two runs. The two teams meet up Thursday.
“They (Lady Demons) know that every girl, one through nine, can hit, and that they have unbelievable speed,” said Duncan coach Robert Cowan. “It’s important to keep them off the bases and not make errors.”
Duncan’s home matchup against the Lady Chicks saw the Lady Demons rally late but fall short, 6-4.
“I think we are not afraid of them,” Cowan said. “I just want to go compete with them. That’s what’s important.”
Tuesday’s game saw a brief rain delay in the top of the second inning. The Lady Bears managed three hits off Lady Demon pitcher Corrina Rivas, but couldn’t capitalize on those chances.
Part of that was because Rivas struck out 11 batters. Part of that was the Duncan defense.
Catcher Berkley Faulkner threw out a runner attempting to steal second, then picked off a runner at third, both during the third inning. To end the game, shortstop K.K. Williams dove to snag what could have been a base hit.
“On the defensive side, I’m pleased,” Cowan said.
As for the offense, though, Cowan wasn’t as pleased. “We had some big hits but then, they gave us some,” he said.
Kennedy Stewart tripled in the first inning and then scored off Williams’ double. Duncan added two more runs in the second when Sara McCormick scored on an error and Stewart drew a bases-loaded wlk.
The Lady Demons added a run in the fourth, but were quiet until the sixth inning. Stewart had a two-run double, followed by an RBI single from Williams and a two-run double from Stephanie Wainscott.
Stewart reached first in every plate appearance, going 2-for-2 with two walks.
While Cowan remarked it was a “sloppy game” at times, he was pleased with the win, and even more pleased that the Lady Demons will host a regional game.
“If you are a host team, you are supposed to be one of the best teams,” he said.
The Lady Demons, though, could prove to be even better with a win Thursday.
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Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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