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Teammates watch on as Jacob Russell warms up to come in the game against Midwest City on Friday. The Demons fell 8-4 as the Demons struggled to close out the game.

Duncan’s inexperience at the varsity level showed Friday in a doubleheader at the Ardmore Tournament. The Demons played well in the early parts of the games, but couldn’t hold onto leads.

Duncan fell 8-4 to Midwest City in the first contest, followed by a 14-4 head scratching game. The Demons led in each game, but couldn’t shut the door for wins.

“It’s an up-and-down process,” Duncan head coach Tim Hightower said. “We’ve got a lot of kids who haven’t played together, but the potential is still there. We just have to learn about each other, and we have to do a lot of the little things better.”

Midwest City 8, Duncan 4

Austin Stanley showed promise against Midwest City, as he held the Bombers in check through four innings of play. It was the fifth inning that caught up to the right handed hurler though, as Midwest City put five runs on the board in the fifth-inning.

Stanley finished the game with four strike outs, while walking only one batter. He also only gave up two hits in time on the mound.

“He threw a good game,” Hightower said.

Justin Hobein scored the first Duncan run in the first inning after drawing a leadoff walk. Bryce Davis was the hero who brought him home, as he delivered a single to knot the game at 1-1 going into the second inning.

The Bombers scored one run in the second, but saw Duncan grab the lead with a three-spot in the inning.

Four Demon singles, one each by Clint Miller, Holbein, Vince Linke and Kyle Payne, were the reason for the early inning rally. Each of the hitters scored, besides Payne who was stranded on base.

The four singles were a nice vision, but one that wouldn’t be seen again in the game. Duncan was held hitless throughout the rest of the game, as the Bomber’s Greg Nelson gathered himself on the mound. Duncan finished the game with five hits, while walking four times.

Midwest City batters looked confused for most of the game, but figured out Stanley’s pitching in the fifth. After the Bombers scored two runs on Stanley’s watch, Jacob Russell came in for relief. With the Bombers already warmed up and rallying, Russell struggled to stop the damage.

Duncan went quietly in its sixth and seventh innings, and fell 8-4 going into the second game of the day.

Silo 14, Duncan 4

The scoreboard says it was a blowout. Those who were there, will tell a different story.

Silo grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of Duncan starter Linke, coming off a fielder’s choice and an passed ball. It seemed like a bad start that would develop into a bad game.

Wrong.

Linke calmed down, and performed masterfully through the next five innings. He allowed only two more runs in the next five innings of play, and had the Demons in position to take the game.

Duncan grabbed its lead, in the fourth inning with four runs.

Payne scored the Demons first run after leading the inning off with a single. He scored as Zach Russell put the ball in play, forcing a Silo error. Ryan Wilson and Jacob Russell also singled in the inning. Jacob Russell’s hit brought home Zach Russell, and was followed by a Holbein single that scored two Demon runners.

Duncan’s scoring explosion was nice, but the Demons couldn’t continue the fourth inning trend. Duncan hit safely only once more in the game, finishing with seven hits and four runs.

Silo tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning, and held Duncan to move into the seventh-inning tied. The smell of extra-innings was in the air, but evidently destruction is cleverly disguised.

Silo pounded out 10 runs in the seventh inning. They knocked Linke out of the game, after he had put up a great showing, and hit around Davis who was brought in for relief. Brandon Smith came in to close out the game, but in the end it was too late.

Duncan went down in order in its half of the seventh, finishing the game with the 14-4 loss.

Linke picked up the loss, with three strike outs, three walks, seven hits and one bad inning.

“I thought Vince threw well,” Hightower said. “He got a little tired, but overall I thought he pitched well.”

The shock of losing two straight games, wasn’t enough to cloud the big picture goals of the Demons. Summer league games are played to be won, but more importantly, they are there to give experience. Duncan is inexperienced right now, but with games like Friday, they are growing up quickly.

“I still think it’s going to be a fun summer,” Hightower said. “I’m really not that concerned about winning, it’s about developing players. The more players we get out there, the more likely we’ll be ready to get out there and win in the spring.”

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