The Duncan Demons have to win one more game to make their third consecutive appearance at the Class 5A State baseball tournament after a 12-3 win Wednesday over the Guthrie Blue Jays at Sportsman’s Park.

The Demons will take on Guthrie once again at 4:30 p.m. today, with an “if necessary” game to follow. Guthrie eliminated Western Heights, 4-1.

The Blue Jays would have to beat DHS twice to keep Duncan from the state tournament.

The Demons collected eight extra base hits Wednesday against Guthrie, with Tyler King leading the way with two doubles and a home run.

“Tyler was a spark plug for us. He came out in the big inning and got us started with a double. We hit the ball well through the order,” DHS head coach Tim Hightower said. “Sheylon (Roberson), Murph (Kale Murphree) all hit the ball well.”

Murphree finished the game with a 4-for-5 showing at the plate, with two doubles and a triple. Roberson was 2-for-4 with a double.

For the second consecutive game, DHS put together a big second inning to put the game out of reach. King started the second by collecting Duncan’s third double of the game off of Guthrie’s Bryce Gates. Greg Davis drew a walk, which was the end of Gates’ day on the mound.

Gates’ relief, Daniel Hays, gave up a single to Kyle Payne, which pushed in King for a 2-0 lead. A Jared Smith single loaded the bases for Trent Wilkins, who grounded into a fielder’s choice that had Davis out at home but left the bases full.

Roberson singled to score Payne for a 3-0 DHS edge, and Murphree’s second double of the game lifted DHS to a 6-0 lead.

The Demons sent Murphree to the mound, and he responded with a crisp outing, striking out seven, allowing two hits and giving up two runs over five innings. Dusty Spencer relieved Murphree in the sixth and pitched the last two innings, allowing one run on one hit.

“Dusty came in and did what he was supposed to,” Hightower said. “Kale was on and threw a lot of strikes. When he does that, he’s pretty tough.”

King started the third with a solo home run to left for a 7-0 Duncan lead, which got Hays the hook.

Guthrie’s Gates took the loss after lasting just one inning. He allowed three doubles and walked one and gave up two earned runs.

The Demons added to their lead in the top of the fourth, as Trevor Suffal walked and Cory Lillard reached on a fielder’s choice on which everyone was safe, thanks to an error. King doubled to give Duncan a 9-0 lead.

Guthrie got a run in the bottom of the fourth. Justin Chappell was hit by a Murphree offering and Zack Seifert followed with a double. A sacrifice fly by Hays cut DHS’ lead to 9-1. Steve Kriz singled to make it 9-2 in favor of DHS.

Murphree got out of the inning, thanks to Wilkins throwing Kriz out at first and a strikeout.

Trevor Suffal got the runs back with a two-run homer after a triple by Murphree for an 11-2 edge in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Jays got one more run as Jay Hensley scored on a sacrifice fly by Hays to make it 11-3 in favor of the Demons.

Duncan’s Jared Smith led off the seventh with a single but ended up on third after two Guthrie miscues. A sacrifice fly by Roberson pushed the Demons to the 12-3 final.

DHS started the scoring in the top of the top of the first. Roberson got the Demons started with a one-out double to right field. Roberson moved to third on a passed ball, and Murphree followed with a double to left for a 1-0 DHS edge.

The win lifts Duncan to 29-6 on the season, and is their fifth consecutive win.

Duncan 12, Guthrie 3

DHS 151 201 1 – 12 15 1

GHS 000 201 0 – 3 3 3

Duncan – Kale Murphree, Dusty Spencer (6) and Trent Wilkins. Guthrie – Bryce Gates, Daniel Hays (2), Brody Jernigan (3) and Steve Kriz. W - Murphree. L - Gates. 2B – DHS: Sheylon Roberson, Kale Murphree (2), Tyler King (2). Guthrie: None. 3B – DHS: Murphree. Guthrie: None. HR – DHS: King, Trevor Suffal. Guthrie: None.

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