By John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner
Despite the weather not cooperating much over the last two weeks, Duncan baseball coach Tim Hightower feels its ready for what could be one of the biggest series of the year.
The Demons’ games versus Noble, away on Tuesday and at home on Thursday, carry heavy significance as both teams expect to be vying for similar spots in the district standings at the end of the year. With just one game of playing experience — following a 6-1 loss against Midwest City — Hightower hopes his team can get back into form quickly.
“We know it’s a big game,” Hightower said. “Early in this year, it’s been a tough start with weather, but everybody is in the same situation. We’re just trying to prepare as well as we can.
“Whoever wins the series is going to have an edge in the district play early.”
Both games start at 4:30 p.m., and Hightower thinks that it will be kind of “like riding a bike” for his players, especially in the field.
“Once you get back out on the field, in you’re first few at bats, it kind of comes back to you,” Hightower said. “I expect to show up at Noble tomorrow and play well.”
Hightower said he has faith his pitching can hold the Bears, who finished 23-11 last year and split the district series with Duncan 1-1 last year. In the loss to Midwest City, Duncan had trouble at the plate, particularly with runners in scoring position. Junior Collin Klingensmith was the only Demon to notch two hits and also had the only RBI.
“Offensively, we just have to get our timing down a little bit,” Hightower said. “We’ve got to get that big hit, something that will turn over the lineup, get something going and get some momentum if we put some runs on the board early.”