Just when the Ardmore Tigers needed a big performance, the rug got taken out from under them.

Just when the Ardmore Tigers needed a big performance, the rug got taken out from under them.

Five innings was all Duncan needed to handle AHS on Monday at Valero Park, as the Demons took the opening game of the district series by a score of 14-1.

Ardmore currently sits at 13-17-1 overall and 5-7 in district play. The Tigers can still slide into fourth place in the district with two victories this week starting with a rematch against Duncan today at 5 p.m. from Sportsman’s Park.

Before the game even began, the Tigers were shorthanded with standout player Dalen Hall still nursing an injury suffered last week in district play against Lawton Eisenhower.

Duncan also took advantage of a narrow strike zone, registering 11 walks in the contest, which lead to an early deficit for the Tigers in the second inning.

A two-RBI opposite field double put the Demons out in front, before a bases loaded walk made it 3-0 in the top of the second.

DHS got one more run in the second through a sacrifice fly RBI to make it 4-0.

Things didn’t get any better in the third inning as Duncan increased its advantage with an RBI double to the gap in left center field, before two more runs scored following a throwing error to make it 7-0.

Ardmore managed to get a run back in the bottom of the third when a ground ball hit by Casey Campbell resulted in a high throw at first base, allowing Bryce Tibbs to score.

Eventually the Tigers would load the bases in the third with one out, but failed to capitalize as they ended the inning with two strikeouts.

A pair of RBI singles combined with an error made it 10-1 for the Demons in the fourth inning.

Duncan finished the scoring with a pair of two-RBI hits to the outfield in the top of the fifth inning.

Jaret Masters took the loss on the mound for Ardmore, throwing two innings of work. He allowed five runs on one hit with seven walks and one strikeout.