By Kevin Farr
Special to the Democrat
PRYOR - Misfortune continued for the Durant Lions on Friday evening as they dropped a second straight game on their northern road trip, 7-3 to the Pryor Tigers.
With the loss the Lions wrap up District 5A-4 play with a 9-3 record and finish second in league play. They will be paired with Coweta, Tulsa Hale and Grove for next week’s regional tournament at a site to be announced by the OSSAA on Monday.
After a stunning finish on Thursday, the Lions came out flat from the start on Friday as seven walks and three errors help dig the visitors a 7-0 hole in which they could not dig out of.
Hunter Stephens’ single with two outs in the third proved to be Durant’s first hit as Pryor had already claimed a 6-0 edge. The Tigers capitalized on three walks, an error and one hit for two runs in the first and then strung together five hits in the second for four runs off losing pitcher Brandon Maynard.
Freshman Riley Hendrix came on in relief to squelch the Pryor bats for two and one-third innings, yielding just an unearned run on one hit. Colby Hicks finished the contest with two scoreless stanzas, which included four strikeouts.
The Lions first real scoring chance came in the fourth as Derrick Haworth singled with one out and moved asto second on an error before being thrown out at the plate after a single from Alex Brooks.
A Stephens two-out double in the fifth then proved to be the squad’s only additional hit until a final inning uprising.
Keaton Webb opened with a single and Robert Ragle coaxed a one-out walk in front of three consecutive hits by Tanner Gwin, Stephens and Ruben Ramos. Stephens’ hit produced two RBI.
Tyler Hendley tacked on another with a fielder’s choice but that proved to be the final run as Haworth flied out to end the game.
Stephens ended with three of the squad’s eight hits in the contest.
The Lions close out regular season play Monday, hosting Ardmore for Senior Night with the varsity slated to start at 7 p.m.