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March 31, 2010

Time to play ball at Sportsman's Park

Duncan set to host Southern Oklahoma Invitational

The first pitch of the 2010 baseball season at Sportsman’s Park will be thrown out today as the Southern Oklahoma Invitational gets underway.

A field of five teams including Altus, Blanchard, Cache, Noble and host Duncan will play in the round robin format tournament. Noble and Cache open the SOI at noon today, followed by Noble and Altus. Duncan will host Altus in the final game on day one at 5 p.m.

Blanchard and Cache will play in the first game on day two at 2 p.m. with Duncan versus Cache to follow. The final day of the tournament will have four games, beginning with Cache and Altus at noon. Blanchard will take on Altus at 2:30 p.m. Duncan will play in the final two games of the day against Blanchard at 5 p.m. and Noble at 7:30 p.m.

Duncan coach Darren Briggs is excited to not only be hosting the tournament, but also playing at home for the first time this season.

“We have four tough ball games in the next three days,” Briggs said. “We’ve been called the road warriors because we haven’t played at home yet. So far, we’ve had 16 games on the road.

“You get home late at night, then turn around and have school early in the morning. I’m tired, we’re all tired and I didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal. But all of that takes a toll on your body and catches up with you after a while.”

Now, the Demons will enjoy hosting teams in their own ball park.

Duncan began the season 3-3 before a 1-3 road trip during Spring Break at the Alabama-Oklahoma Challenge. Since coming back from Alabama, Duncan has ripped off six straight wins to improve to 10-6 and a No. 11 ranking, according to OKRankings.com.

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