The Lions got another complete game win from Brandon Maynard and Alex Brooks went 3-for-3 at the plate as Durant took down Coweta 5-1 on Friday in a critical early-season district baseball tilt.
“It’s a big win for the program,” said Durant baseball Coach Ron Norman. “Anytime you can be 3-0 in district and keep moving forward, it’s a plus.”
Maynard struck out 10 and allowed just four hits by the Tigers in his second complete-game victory on the mound this season. The Lions improve to 4-1 overall this season with a trip to Coweta on Saturday in doubt due to rain.
But the sun was shining on Friday for the Lions. Coweta jumped ahead 1-0 in the second inning but it was all Durant from there.
Brandon Robison reached base on an error and Denton Comer drew a walk to put two Lions on base for Tyler Stovall in the bottom half of the second. Stovall smacked a two-RBI single to plate both teammates and give the Lions the lead for good.
“That was a real clutch hit for us,” Norman said of Stovall’s hit.
Durant scored three more in the fifth as Brooks knocked in courtesy runner Matthew Knox and Spencer Tidwell on a triple. Hunter Burkett collected his first varsity base hit, and RBI single which scored Brooks for the 5-1 final.
“He’s been strong for us on the junior varsity level and we felt like he needed the opportunity to hit in varsity,” Norman said. “He came through in a big way.”
Brooks and Austin Joines both hit doubles but got left on base. Maynard was credited with a base hit in the sixth but was thrown out at second trying to stretch it out.
Fielding was solid for the Lions as well, with outfielder Spencer Tidwell making the highlight reel as he rolled through a catch in shallow center.
The Lions host Paris, Texas, at 5 p.m. Monday and travel to Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City for a 7 p.m. Tuesday game against Piedmont.
The junior varsity Lions scored six runs in the final three stanzas to rally for an 8-6 win over Bonham, Texas Friday night at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
Now 8-1 on the season, the JV Lions will be off until Monday, March 24 when they play host to Lone Grove.
Durant miscues accounted for four of the Purple Warriors’ six runs in the first four innings but the hosts would not fold.
The Lions got a run in the first when Matthew Knox walked, stole second and third and then scored on a Riley Hendrix double. Dakota Finley doubled and scored for the second tally in inning number two.
Carson Campbell and Hayden Burkett each contributed RBI singles in the fourth after a Tyler Stovall single and the Lions duplicated that with two more runs to tie it in the fifth on Brody Morgan’s two-run single.
The Lions took the lead for good in the sixth, taking advantage of a pair of Bonham errors. Knox tripled home one run and also scored on a wild pitch.
Alex Brooks was solid in the pitching start, yielding only two earned runs with three strikeouts over five innings. Knox then recorded the save with two scoreless stanzas as he did not allow a hit and struck out three, including the final two of the game with the tying runs on base.
Knox, Hendrix, Stovall, Finley, Campbell, Morgan and Burkett all ended with one hit apiece.