OWASSO - Rugged competition was the story of the first two days of the NIKE/Pro-Nine Classic as the Durant Lions struggled to get much offense going in three losses to highly-ranked competition.
In Thursday night’s opener, the Lions fell 10-0 to nationally-ranked and defending 6A state champ Owasso, managing only one hit on a Brandon Robison single in the fifth inning.
Friday was a little better but Durant dropped a 7-1 verdict to Class 4A top-ranked Tuttle and then a 10-1 decision to 6A powerhouse Bishop Kelley.
The Lions were meeting Hilldale in Saturday afternoon’s consolation game before returning home for district action against Shawnee at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
In Friday’s first contest, the Lions jumped out to a 1-0 lead following first inning singles from Matthew Knox, Brandon Maynard and Robison. That proved to be all they would get with only four base runners the remainder of the game on hits by Knox and Alex Brooks along with two singles by Denton Comer.
Tuttle took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first after four hits and then tacked on single runs in the third and fourth following leadoff doubles before putting it away with three tallies in the sixth stanza.
Durant watched Bishop Kelley build a 6-0 lead in the nightcap before scratching across a run in the third when Tyler Shade singled, stole second, advanced on a Knox hit and scored on a Comet error.
The Lions were limited to only two other hits, both coming from Austin Joines.