BROKEN BOW – A bevy of defensive miscues led to 12 unearned runs as the Durant Lions fell on the road at Broken Bow, 15-5, on Tuesday evening.
The visitors committed seven costly errors and watched an early 2-0 lead slip away for their first loss of the season. Durant will be back home on Friday for a crucial district contest with Coweta starting at 4:30.
Durant got off to a quick start as Spencer Tidwell singled to open the contest and eventually came across on a wild pitch but the Lions left a pair of runners in scoring position. They tacked on another run in the second when Brandon Maynard walked, stole second and scored on a Dakota Finley single.
Broken Bow however tallied five runs in the second with the aide of four hits and two Durant errors to take the lead for good and things snowballed for the Lions after that. The Savages capitalized on two more Durant errors for a run in the third and two costly miscues in the fourth which accounted for six runs.
The Lions plated two runs to answer in the third as Alex Brooks and Brandon Robison contributed hits. Their final run proved to be in the fourth as Maynard doubled and scored.
Durant notched two runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth and then rode solid pitching to a 4-0 triumph and improve to 5-1 on the season.
The Lions got off to a terrific start as Matthew Knox opened with a double and scored on a Tyler Stovall single. Hunter Burkett then came through with a run-scoring single.
Hayden Burkett singled and Cody Jones was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth before both scored on Knox’s triple.
In the combined no-hit pitching effort, Dakota Finaly worked two scoreless frames on the mound, striking out three in the start, and Jones finished with three clear stanzas, fanning four batters.
The JV Lions will be at home on Thursday, hosting Victory Life in a twinbill.