Editor's Note: Duncan-MacArthur for Tuesday April 23, 2019 has been postponed to Thursday April 25, 2019.
Despite falling early to the team they were fighting with for a district title, the Duncan Demons clinched the 6-5 victory over MacArthur using a three-run bomb.
The first offense of the game after two scoreless innings came from the visiting team when the MacArthur Highlanders starting pitcher Michelle Artzberger hit a solo home run to make it a 1-0 lead.
A lead off single from Duncan’s Brandon Miller in the bottom half of the fourth with a wild pitch that moved Miller to second and Peyton Roberson hitting the ball to the right side for an RBI single tied the game up at one.
MacArthur got the next two outs to keep the ball game tied with a one out walk and a single putting the Highlanders in business.
Derek Bridges struck out the next batter to bring up Artzberger and facing a 3-1 count, he doubled to left center to give MacArthur the 3-1 lead over Duncan heading to the bottom half of the fifth inning.
Leading off the bottom half of the inning was Hunter Prince, he hit a double to right plus a single from Connor Thaxton and Josh Bumgarner reaching on an error caused a run to come in favor of Duncan.
A ground out made runners on second and third with Creed Watkins up to the plate. Watkins tied the ball game up at three apiece with a single through the left side and brought Miller to the plate in a big spot.
Miller, looking to get on base for the third time of the game, decided to unbreak the tie with a bomb to left field which drove in three runs to take the 6-3 lead and give Duncan some insurance runs.
After allowing two runners on in the top half of the sixth, the Demons made a change on the mound to bring in Bumgarner for relief. He struck out the first batter he faced to make it two outs.
Artzberger, with his fourth plate appearance, took a 3-1 pitch to left center to cut into the Demons lead 6-5. Duncan got a foul fly to end the threat and the inning with a one-run lead.
Bumgarner, in the top half of the seventh, got a fly out and two strikeouts to preserve the victory and get the save for Duncan which put them one game away from clinching the district title.
With Tuesday's postponement of the finish of the Duncan-MacArthur series to Thursday the Demons will host Del City at 5 p.m. Wednesday and face the Highlanders at 5 p.m. Thursday in Lawton.