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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