DUNCAN — After getting off to a shaky start in the El Reno tournament against Western Heights Thursday, the Duncan Lady Demons were looking to rebound over the next two days against Enid, Guymon, and Northwest Classen. Though the rough start lasted for a second game, Duncan bounced back with back-to-back wins to leave the tournament 2-2.
ENID 13, DUNCAN 9
It was a good news, bad news situation for the Lady Demons against Enid.
On the good side, the offense produced nine runs on 10 hits. Unfortunately, DHS couldn’t earn a victory over the Class 6A Lady Plainsmen.
A five run fourth inning gave EHS a 7-3 lead, one it never relinquished, as the Lady Demons fell 13-9.
Duncan held the lead briefly in the third inning at 3-2, after tying the game at 2-2 in the second inning.
Enid added one run in the fifth and five in the sixth inning to hold off a late rally by the Lady Demons.
Courtney Moore and Berkley Faulkner each went 2-for-3 in the contest with a double, while Sara McCormick also registered a double. Kourtney Brown contributed two singles in the game.
Autumn Parker (3-2) took the loss for the Lady Demons, allowing 13 runs on 13 hits with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings of work.
ENID 13, DUNCAN 9
R H E
Enid. 110 515 - 13 13 0
Dun. 021 015 - 9 10 2
Autumn Parker and Berkley Faulkner. LP: Parker (2-3) 2B: Faulkner (D), Courtney Moore (D), Sara McCormick (D).
Against the Lady Tigers of Guymon, things finally went right for Duncan.
Fueled by a five run fifth inning, DHS was able to break open a 2-1 game, and cruise to a 10-1 victory.
Guymon managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the second inning, after the Lady Demons initially took the lead in the first.
Duncan sealed the game in the sixth inning with three more runs, to add some security for pitcher Jenni Rather, who picked up her fourth victory of the season.
Rather (4-1) threw six innings of work, striking out five batters while walking none. She allowed just two hits on one run for the game.
Courtney Moore smashed her fifth homerun of the season in the victory, while Rather contributed to her own cause with two singles at the plate.
DUNCAN 10, GUYMON 1
R H E
Dun. 101 05 3 - 10 1 4
Guy. 010 00 0 - 1 2 0
Jenni Rather and Berkley Faulkner. WP: Rather (4-1) 2B: Sara McCormick (D). HR: Courtney Moore (D)
DUNCAN 13, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 0
In its final game of the tournament, the Lady Demons had the perfect way to end things, literally.
Autumn Parker threw three innings of shutout softball, en route to a perfect game, along with a 13-0 victory for Duncan.
Freshman Lindsey Trostel put the Lady Demons over the top with a two-RBI double in the third inning, to envoke the run rule.
DHS got the game started with six runs in the first inning, followed by two in the second, before closing the game out with five runs in the third inning.
Rachel Cooper and Jenni Rather each hit two singles in the contest. While Courtney Moore hit her sixth homerun of the season. Freshmen Hannah Jennings and Alexus Richie each contributed a single during the game as well.
“I still don’t think we played very well during the three games,” Duncan coach Robert Cowan said. “Offensively we woke up and I wasn’t disappointed at all with that. Defensively, we still had some struggles. Right now we could easily have eight or nine wins. The only letdown game we’ve had was against Western Heights. But, the girls are starting to hit better which is good to see.”
Parker evened her record at 3-3 with the perfect game. Duncan’s overall record now sits at 7-4 on the season.
DHS will be back on the road Tuesday against Ardmore for a district doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.
“We should be able to beat Ardmore if we play well enough,” Cowan said. “After Ardmore we have Northwest Classen and then we go to the Hall of Fame Festival on Friday. These girls are going to have to buckle down if they want to win games at the HOF festival against some good teams.”
DUNCAN 14, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 0
R H E
NWC. 000 - 0 0 0
Dun. 626 - 14 16 0
Autumn Parker and Berkley Faulkner. WP: Parker (3-3) 2B: Parker (D), Lindsey Trostel (D). HR: Courtney Moore (D)