Duncan starting pitcher Autumn Parker faced one batter more than the minimum and the Demons backed her with 14 hits in an 18-0 win over Ardmore on Tuesday.


Duncan starting pitcher Autumn Parker faced one batter more than the minimum and the Demons backed her with 14 hits in an 18-0 win over Ardmore on Tuesday.

Parker struck out five batters in five innings and walked one. The sophomore gave up two hits and a walk to the first three hitters she faced, but only allowed one hit the rest of the way.

The Demons (8-3) struck for nine runs in the top of the second and six in the third. The game ended in the fifth, as all district games must play at least five innings.

Destinee Howell, Katelyn Hartman and Alex Morales had the hits for the Tigers, who were coming off their first two wins of the season Saturday at a tournament in Tishomingo. Katie Cronemeyer took the loss for the Ardmore (2-7).

“Duncan is always good, one of the best hitting teams in the state,” Ardmore coach Mark Peters said. “They hit the ball hard and we’re gonna just have to learn to make plays.”

Duncan only needed four hits in its breakthrough second inning. Jacobi Clark singled to lead off, stole second and advanced to third on the steal. Clark scored on an error in right field for the 1-0 lead.

With the bases loaded and one out, Rachel Cooper hit an RBI single, Madison Taylor followed with a fielder’s choice RBI out and Berkley Faulkner laced a two-run double to put Duncan up 5-0. Two batters later, Clark came up again and doubled to drive in two more.

The Demons added the eighth and ninth runs off of consecutive outfield errors, and sent 13 batters to the plate in the decisive inning.

Duncan coach Robert Cowan said the Demons have been hitting well all season long. Each of their three losses have come to teams ranked in the top five of their respective classifications. Faulkner finished 3-for-3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs to pace the Demons. Clark had two hits and scored twice.

“We’re a better offensive team than we’ve been in a while,” Cowan said. “I wasn’t disappointed in any aspect. We’re swinging the bat well, and we made defensive plays pretty well.”

In a scoreless game, Ardmore led off the bottom of the second with two hits in their first three at-bats, but the Tigers were caught on the base paths, first on a rundown between first and second, then on an 8-4 putout. Center fielder Rachel Cooper threw out Holly Walker at second after left fielder Kortney Brown came up short on a diving attempt at a shallow fly ball.

After that, Parker shut down the Tigers with 1-2-3 innings over the next four frames.

Erik K. Horne
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