Duncan dominated Ardmore 16-6 on Tuesday at Valero Park. And, to think this was supposed to be a road game for Ardmore.


Duncan dominated Ardmore 16-6 on Tuesday at Valero Park. And, to think this was supposed to be a road game for Ardmore.

The game was moved because the backstop at Duncan hasn’t yet been completely rebuilt after it collapsed during a recent ice storm. Duncan coach Darren Briggs said it may be 8-10 days before the Demons (5-6) get to play at home for the first time this season.

But Tuesday, they got a much-needed victory in a big way.

“We’ve been scuffling for some runs,” said Briggs, whose club finished a 1-3 spring break trip to a Fairhope, Ala., tournament. “Going into this game, we were 4-6 and not getting timely hits like we needed to. It was good to be able to get some runs.”

Six of the Demons’ runs came with two outs. The Demons also had a two-run home run from Tyler Wilkins in the third inning and solo shot by Hunter Green in the second.

“This is really the first game where we struggled throwing strikes,” Tigers coach Zack Birth said. “(Starter Ryan) Woerz did a good job, but he got fatigued.”

Woerz struck out two and gave up two hits in the first two innings. Scott Blankenship took the loss after allowing four runs on two hits and four walks in the third inning alone. Tray Fish (two innings), Jared Johnson and Ethan Stedman (one inning each) followed on the mound for the Tigers (6-5). Blankenship, however, had a good day at the plate, hitting 3-for-5 with a triple to lead the Tigers.

Ardmore, which went 2-1 in its Southern Oklahoma Spring Break Shootout, had its only lead (1-0) in the first inning when Carson McPherson scored from third base as Woerz stole second. Green tied it with his homer, and the Demons piled on four more runs in the third with Wilkins’ homer and Chris Gilbert’s two-run single.

It was 7-1 before the Tigers scored again in the fourth, this time when Johnson was hit by a pitch with bases loaded. The Demons had two runs each in the fourth through sixth innings, and scored five in the seventh thanks in part to a two-run double by Kale Thaxton and one-run double by Michael Rice. Ardmore pulled within 9-4 in the fifth with an RBI walk for Chris Kell and error at second base on Blankenship’s at-bat.

Reed Downing hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Blankenship tripled in Ardmore’s last run.

Defensively, it was not a pretty outing for Ardmore. The Tigers committed six errors, and the pitching staff walked 10 batters and hit three.

“I could tell during the pregame, we were not mentally locked in,” Birth said.

Tyler Gay struck out four and gave up four hits to earn the win for Duncan. Randall Snyder worked the other three innings and gave up four hits and three walks. The Duncan pitchers combined for three hit batsmen.

Woerz hit 2-for-3 for Ardmore. Kale Thaxton and Green each had two hits to lead Duncan.