The Duncan baseball team (3-1) overcame a five-run deficit to win 9-6 over the Oklahoma City Broncos home school team on Friday at Halliburton Stadium.
Things didn’t start out so well for the Demons.
Three first-inning errors cost them a run, and Duncan trailed 5-0 in the third inning after Oklahoma City hit a 3-run home run off of freshman Tyler Polk.
“We must’ve stayed up too late last night, all excited about spring break,” Duncan coach Tim Hightower said. “That’s kind of our defensive philosophy — can’t give up a big inning.”
After allowing a four-run third, senior Scott Cooper helped prevent another big inning for the Broncos.
After one run scored, he came in with the bases-loaded and one-out in the sixth inning. Cooper escaped clean by inducing a couple of fly balls.
“It’s a very tight situation because you can’t afford to walk anybody,” Cooper said. “You just want to give them something to hit and hope your defense can make a play and get you out of there. They did exactly that for me.”
After senior Dylan Zawicki got hit by a pitch, Cooper sparked a big sixth inning for Duncan with a double. Junior Collin Klingensmith later drove in two with a double to tie the game at six.
Duncan took the lead when senior Mason Hightower hit a ball to right field.
He was 0-2 with a walk prior to the go-ahead play, but was frustrated because both outs were well-hit balls that went directly to Bronco fielders.
In his fourth plate appearance, he he drove a ball straight toward Oklahoma City’s right fielder, but the player turned away at the last second after losing the ball in the Sun. A run scored off the error to give Duncan the lead.
Junior Mason Rogers gave the Demons some breathing room with a 2-run home run.
“It’s a huge building block for the rest of the season,” Mason Hightower said. “It just shows that we never give up, that we’re just going to compete to the end.”