DHS baseball

Duncan’s Tyler King delivers to the plate Saturday against Shawnee in the Demons’ season opening 3-2 extra inning win at Duncan.

With two outs and the score tied, Duncan senior Zach Russell drove in Trent Wilkins for a game-winning single in the eighth inning, giving the Demons a 3-2 opening day win over Shawnee Saturday at Sportsman’s Park.

Russell finished the game 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run-scored for the Demons. Russell took the game into the extra frame by starting the seventh off with a double, and was brought in by his brother Jacob Russell, who tied the game with a single.

“I was impressed with him in pressure situations,” said Duncan head coach Darren Briggs of Zach’s performance. “He came up big twice for us.”

Russell’s effort rewarded Duncan starting pitcher Tyler King on a strong first outing. King stifled Wolves’ hitters all day, striking out 15, while walking only one of the 30 batters he faced. King, a junior, also added a second inning solo home run over the centerfield wall.

“He’s (King) a competitor,” Briggs said. “He’s not going to allow very many guys to reach base or to get hits. That’s phenomenal against a good team. Every time he’s throwing for us, he’ll have the opportunity to rack up the strikeouts.”

Duncan (1-0) finished the game with eight hits, while Shawnee (0-1) left town with six hits to its credit. The Demons received three walks from the Wolves’ pitcher Cale Young. Shawnee’s hurler threw a complete game, but was hindered by two errors from his supporting cast. Duncan played error-free baseball on a windy day.

King finished his day going 2-for-3, while Justin Rucker, Kyle Payne, Mitchell Massie and Jacob Russell came away with one hit, each. Shawnee’s Garrett Ansell drove in both Wolves’ runs, delivering a bases clearing double in the fourth inning.

While the Demons earned the win, it didn’t come easy at the plate. Duncan went in order three times, and were fanned four times. Briggs said that the team didn’t make all the adjustments he would have liked to see, but that he was pleased to earn a win over the state’s No. 4 ranked team.

“With our ace (King) on the mound, we knew that he would give us an opportunity to win,” Briggs said. “Our sticks were slow. I expected a little bit of that, being the first game of the season, but not as much as we had. The bottom part of our lineup really helped us out.”

Duncan 3, Shawnee 2

SHS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 2

DHS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 — 3

Shawnee — Cale Young and Garrett Ansell. Duncan — Tyler King and Trent Wilkins. W — King. L — Young. 2B — Shawnee: Derek Hawkins, Ansell. Duncan: Zach Russell. 3B — None. HR — Shawnee: None. Duncan: King.

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