CHICKASHA - Freshmen Dakota Finley and Brayden Green combined for a solid pitching performance and the Durant Lions got the offense going in a 10-5 win over Altus in the Washita Valley Classic on Friday evening.
The Lions, now 9-5 on the season, were slated to face off with Class 6A Putnam City for third place in the tournament on Saturday.
Making his first varsity start, Finley worked four-plus frames on the mound while allowing one earned run on two hits for the victory. Green notched the save in three strong innings, yielding one earned run on three hits to go along with three strikeouts.
Durant misfired on scoring chances in the first three stanzas as Altus carried a 1-0 lead into the fourth before the Lions got it tied. Brandon Maynard walked with one out, moved to second a single from Tyler Stovall and came all the way around to score on Cody Jones’ fielder’s choice.
One frame later the Lions took the lead for good by pushing across four runs to make it 5-1. Spencer Tidwell worked a leadoff walk and was followed by consecutive singles by Matthew Knox and Austin Joines. Alex Brooks then drove home two with a single, Cooper Webb scored one with a fielder’s choice and Riley Hendrix added a RBI sacrifice fly.
That seemed to open the offensive floodgates with Durant plating two more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.
Jones’ single keyed the sixth inning charge as Joines drove in two runs with a two-out single. Maynard, Tidwell and Knox all chipped in singles in the seventh, capitalizing on a pair of walks as well.
Knox ignited the offensive attack with three hits. Joines contributed two while Brooks, Maynard, Stovall, Jones and Tidwell finished with one apiece.