The Durant Lions put up 23 runs to Rock Creek’s 10 in a summer-league matchup that began just before noon Thursday at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
As Durant assistant coach Kevin Farr said, the Lions “swung it pretty good” on the day. They recorded 21 hits in the extended game. The teams made it a 9.5-inning affair that lasted a little more than three hours.
Rock Creek scored three in the opening frame, the first two coming off a hard-hit single up the middle by Noe Alaniz. His courtesy runner, Sam Roper, crossed the plate when Garrett Mitchell stole second. Mitchell had hit a single just out of the first baseman’s reach.
Durant responded with five runs. Matthew Knox led off with a hard-hit double that landed near the foul line in left. He scored when Tyler Stovall reached on an outfield error.
After a Brandon Robison double, Denton Comer’s bloop single scored Stovall. Robison scored on a passed ball with a 2-1 count on Riley Hendrix. Then, Hendrix sent an RBI double over the right fielder’s head.
With two outs, Cody Jones ripped one up the middle for an RBI single.
Rock Creek tied the game at 5 in the top of the second. Zack Cook started it with a single that dropped in shallow right near the foul line and was able to score when Bronson Burns reached on an error.
With bases loaded, Nash Hestily hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Burns.
Durant jumped in front 9-5 in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Robison and Denton Comer hit back-to-back singles and Hendrix was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Robison scored on a passed ball before Dakota Finley knocked in Comer while getting the second out of the inning.
Carson Campbell and Spencer Tidwell contributed an RBI single each before the close of the inning.
The Mustangs got an RBI single from Mitchell to make it a 9-6 deficit before leaving the bases loaded in the top of the sixth.
Durant added five runs in the bottom of the frame for a 14-6 advantage. The Lions were helped by an error and three walks that allowed two scores, but they did some work. That was a two-RBI double by Tyler Shade, singles by Hendrix and Campbell (bunt), and a run batted in by Brayden Green.
Rock Creek made it 14-7 in the top of the fifth when Hestily brought in Cook, who had drawn a walk to start the inning.
The bottom of the frame was a sloppy one. It started with Robison hitting a single to left-center, then getting two extra bases on missed throws. He scored on Comer’s single up the third-base line. Hendrix followed with a hard single to right field and took an extra base on the throw to third. Comer crossed the plate when Finley reached on an error to make it 16-7 after five.
The Lions committed two errors and hit a batter to load the bases in the top of the seventh. Although Alaniz was the inning’s second out, his grounder to second base scored Marvin Littrell. Roper followed with an infield hit that landed in just the right spot between the mound and first base to be an RBI single to make it 16-9.
The Mustangs defense committed a several more errors in the bottom of the seventh and eighth, and the Lions’ lead stretched to 18-9. Durant freshman Kyle Hughes ran out a throw to first for a single in the eighth, the only hit of the frame.
In the top of the ninth with one out, Rock Creek’s Austin Green got a single through to left field. He stole second and took an extra base on a missed throw. Hestily knocked him in with a ground out to short stop for the Mustang’s final score of the game.
Rock Creek recorded two more errors to start the bottom of the ninth. Then, Finley hit a hard single through to left to score Brody Morgan. Knox advanced runners to second and third on a bunt and the Durant’s first out. The second out was a Brady Nichols sacrifice fly to score Cody Powell.
Anthony Deininger followed with an RBI single dropped in right-center. And after Spencer Tidwell beat out a throw to first, Cooper Webb landed an RBI single in left field near the foul line.
Durant freshman Brady Nichols took his first high-school turn on the mound for three innings, coming on in the sixth. Farr said he thought Nichols did a pretty good job. Statistically, he struck out two, walked two, hit one batter and allowed two hits.
Finley started on the mound and struck out two, walked four and allowed three hits in two innings. Tidwell struck out seven in three innings, walked four and allowed two hits. Knox threw two innings for one strikeout, a walk and a hit allowed.
For Rock Creek: Davis Rogers, a strikeout, walk, hit batter and nine hits allowed in two innings; Brock Allen, three strikeouts, five walks and six hits allowed in three innings; and Noe Alaniz, two strikeouts, two walks, two hit batters and six hits allowed in four innings.
Durant’s upperclassmen team plays in the Ardmore Festival today. The underclassmen will take on Whitesboro at 6 p.m. at home.
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