What started out to be a great day for the Durant Lions baseball squad turned sour in a hurry on Tuesday afternoon as they dropped a key District 5A-3 doubleheader on the road at Tulsa Bishop Kelley.
A pair of seven-run innings by the Comets, one in each game, proved to be Durant’s downfall as they fell by 15-7 and 9-4 counts in the twinbill.
With the losses the Lions drop to 5-5 in league play and alone in third place while Kelley improved to 6-2, just one game behind district-leading Pryor. The top two squads in the final district standings will host regional tournaments.
It looked like it would be a big day for Durant in the opener as the Lions raced to a 3-0 lead after Dakota Finley and Matthew Knox singled and both scored on groundouts from Brady Nichols and Gavin Daws. Braeden McKee also chipped in a RBI double in the stanza.
But the bottom of the first was an omen of things to come as Kelley began to rough up Durant ace Connor Roberts from the start, plating a pair of unearned runs after three hits. The Comets added two more in the second and another in the third to grab a 5-3 edge.
Roberts’ two-run homer in the fifth gave the Lions a brief reprieve, knotting the score at 5-5, before the Kelley barrage continued in the fifth.
The Comets pushed across three runs on three hits but Durant answered with one in the sixth on a Knox run-scoring single to cut the margin to 8-6.
Kelley then put it away one frame later, erupting for seven runs on seven hits.
Durant totaled seven hits as Finley and Knox led the way with two apiece while the Comets battered Lion pitching for 19 hits in the contest.
Game two wasn’t much better for Durant, which managed just five hits over seven innings while the hosts continued to do plenty of damage at the plate.
Kelley rolled to a 2-0 lead through one frame against McKee, who got the mound start for DHS. The junior held them there before a seven-run fourth inning explosion virtually put it away.
The Lions got a Brody Morgan single and Cade Buchanan double in the fourth but left the bases loaded and failed to get on the board.
They finally broke the ice with four runs in the sixth, cashing in five walks and a two-run single by Knox.
Roberts, Knox, Morgan, Buchanan and Jensen Simmons all tallied one hit.
Durant will be back in action Thursday against Duncan at 5:30 and Pryor at 8 p.m. in the opening day of the McAlester 5A Shootout.
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