After preparing for their first district game of the season after several rain outs and cancellations, the Duncan Demons’ baseball team finished their latest tournament with back-to-back losses.
Friday’s game against host Claremore saw the Zebras get the 10-7 victory over Duncan while this past Saturday Glenpool took the 12-4 victory over Duncan.
Duncan made it out to an early lead in the top half of the first inning when Peyton Roberson hit a solo home run to right field on a 2-0 count to take the 1-0 lead as the lead off hitter.
Claremore scored 10 unanswered runs over the next several innings before the Demons had a big top half of the fourth inning that saw the Duncan offense erupt for several big hits.
Blake Barnard hit a double to right field and in one of his first games back from wrestling, Chance Brooksher hit a single to center field to make it 10-2 in favor of the Zebras.
Kenny Garland brought in Chance Brooksher a few batters later as he hit a sacrifice fly to cut Claremore’s lead to 10-3 with only one out in the inning.
Chago Barham, with runners on the corner, hit a ground ball to short to bring in Jake McKinney who reached on an error to make it 10-4 in favor of Claremore.
Bryson Brooksher became the next Demon to help the offense as he hit a single to center field to bring in Trevyn Stewart, who was on base after a walk to make it 10-5 in favor of Claremore.
Hunter Pence had the biggest hit of the inning for the Demons as his triple to center field scored Bryson Brooksher to make it 10-6 in favor of Claremore.
The sixth and final run of the inning came as Tate Wilkins hit a single to the left side of the field and scored Prince to make it 10-7 with a ground out ending the scoring and Claremore leading by three.
Duncan, unable to secure more runs the rest of the game despite a couple of singles from Barnard and McKinney, went onto the final game of the classic.
The Demons started the game against Glenpool with two runs in the top of the first inning to take the early lead.
Bryson Brooksher singled while Prince and Wilkins reached on a walk to load the bases with one out. Barnard up to the plate next singled to right field to bring in two runs and lead 2-0.
Glenpool saw one run back in the bottom of the first inning and tied it up in the bottom half of the second before taking the lead for good in the bottom of the third.
Down by four runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Demons cut the lead in half by getting singles from Roberson and Bryson Brooksher to make it 6-4 in favor of Glenpool.
The bottom half of the fourth saw Glenpool get five runs and take the 11-4 lead before a final run came in the bottom half of the fifth to end the game in run-rule fashion.
Duncan, now 7-6 on the season, will have three games this week with two of them marking the start of district play.
The Demons will host Ardmore at 5 p.m. March 29 in Duncan and then head to the road to finish the district series at 5 p.m. March 30 in Ardmore.
Results from the district series will publish in the Thursday edition of The Duncan Banner.