Tyler Stovall got plenty of help on both sides of the plate in his first pitching start for the Durant Lions on Monday against Valliant.
Stovall got the win in an 11-3 Lions victory over the Bulldogs in six innings. On defense, shortstop Cooper Webb had seven put-outs. On offense, Denton Comer went 4-for-4 at the plate with the game-ending RBI in the sixth.
Durant baseball Coach Ron Norman had good things to say about all three players after the team’s 12th win of the season.
“Tyler is a great competitor. We feel comfortable putting him on the mound anytime,” Norman said. “We feel like there’s a bright future there for him.”
Stovall allowed just a handful of hits to Valliant. Part of the Bulldogs’ struggle to reach base was fielding by the Durant defense.
“Webb played his best game of the year,” Norman said. The shortstop handled all three ground-outs in the first inning. “Hopefully he can stay hot for us on defense through our last two district games and into the playoffs next week.”
Seven Lions recorded hits against Valliant, including Comer’s triple, two doubles and a single. He had six RBIs and scored two runs.
“It was a great, great day for Denton,” Norman said. “He’s been working on his swing every day and taking extra cuts. He’s learning to hit the ball where it’s pitched and it’s paid great dividends for him these last two weeks.”
After a scoreless first inning, Valliant took a 3-0 lead on three hits and a fielding error in the second. Brandon Maynard collected an RBI to score Comer in the second to make the score 3-1.
Austin Joines had an RBI single in the third, followed by Comer’s two-RBI hit to score Joines and Riley Hendrix for the go-ahead run.
Valliant’s pitcher issued three straight walks in the fourth to set up a three-run triple for Comer. He then scored on an RBI for Dakota Finley for an 8-3 score.
Back to back doubles by Stovall and Alex Brooks extended the Durant lead to 10-3 in the fifth. Comer’s RBI double in the sixth scored Austin Joines for the 11-3 run rule.
Batting stats: Matthew Knox (0-4) made contact with the ball at each at-bat; T. Stovall (1-4) had an RBI and scored twice; A. Brooks (3-4) had an RBI and scored once; Riley Hendrix(1-4) had a double and scored two runs; A. Joines (1-4) had a stolen base and scored three times; D. Comer was 4-for-4; D. Finley (1-3) had an RBI; C. Webb (0-3) drew a walk; B. Maynard (1-2) had an RBI and a stolen base; Carson Campbell (0-1) drew a walk and scored a run.
Durant’s junior varsity baseballers improved to 15-4 on the year Tuesday with a 12-4 victory over Tioga, Texas, at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
The visiting Bulldogs pushed across three unearned runs in the first inning before starting pitcher Drew Smith settled in, allowing one unearned run on three hits over the next three innings for the complete game mound win.
Tyler Shade’s double proved to be the lone hit in a three-run Lion outburst in the bottom of the first.
The hosts tacked on five runs in the second to take command fueled by a RBI triple by Jake Smith and run-scoring single off the bat of Brayden Green.
Drew Smith contributed a double to start the third with Anthony Deininger adding a two-run double and Taylor York a RBI single. The Lions then finished it on the run rule in the fourth with singles from Jake Smith and Green in front of a run-scoring hit by Brody Morgan.