After a run-rule loss to MacArthur last week, the Duncan Lady Demons battled the Highlanders at home to a close game with the home Duncan team getting swept by the Lady Highlanders in seventh inning rally that gave them the 10-7 victory.
With two outs in the top of the first, the Lady Highlanders took the 1-0 lead when a solo home run went over the fence with the Lady Demons looking to tie the ball game up in the third inning.
KK Miller who was starting in the circle for the Lady Demons got a single and then stole second base to put a runner in scoring position with Alyssa Childers up to bat and no outs against MacArthur.
Childers put down a sacrifice bunt to the left side to move Miller to third, however, an errant throw to first went straight into the outfield to score Miller and tie the game up at one apiece.
MacArthur took the 2-1 lead with a fielders choice ground ball and the Lady Highlanders running beat the throw home to be called safe. The Lady Highlanders had the bases loaded with no outs when a big play from the Duncan fielders cut the threat short.
A lineout to Kira Pickerell came and she was able to complete the double play by throwing to first baseman Dani Francis with Duncan getting the final out to keep MacArthur’s lead at 2-1 only heading to the bottom of the fourth inning.
Duncan got the chance to tie the ball game and even get their first lead of the game as the Lady Demons put up four runs in the bottom half of the fourth with two big hits.
A wild pitch scored Hannah Harper to tie the ball game up at two apiece when MIller grounded out with the bases loaded driving in the third run of the game for the Lady Demons. Childers was back up to bat and she hit a double to left field to drive in two and take the 5-2 lead over MacArthur heading to the top of the fifth.
Lady Highlanders added two to cut the Duncan lead to one run at 5-4 in the top half of the fifth inning, but several groundouts ended the threat with MacArthur having two left on the base paths.
Alexis Thurman singled to lead off the inning and Emily Mefford got a single to put runners at first and second with one out but MacArthur was able to erase the threat with a strikeout and a lineout to third base to give Duncan the 5-4 lead after five innings of play.
MacArthur was able to tie the ball game up at five apiece with two intentional walks loading the bases and the Lady Demons ending the threat by a ground out to third baseman with the force out being applied to head to the bottom half of the sixth.
Lexi Bingham lead off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and then a wild pitch moved Bingham to second base with no outs and Miller up to bat and bringing the count to full before the MacArthur threw a pitch down low to walk Miller to bring up Childers with runners on first and second.
Childers facing a 1-0 count saw the fielders sneaking in and laid down the perfect bunt that went past the circle and loaded the bases for Pickerell with a golden opportunity to break the game open.
Pickerell facing a 2-0 count got a hold of the ball and sent it into right field for a sacrifice fly to score a run and the next pitch a ground ball scored Miller to put the lead at 7-5 over MacArthur with two outs and put Duncan three outs away from getting the victory.
Five runs from MacArthur in the top of the seventh gave them the 10-7 lead with Duncan having one more chance to get the victory needing three runs to tie or four to get the walk-off victory.
Unable to score any runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Duncan Lady Demons dropped to 5-10 on the season with their next game taking place at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at home against Carl Albert.