MCALESTER — Claremore’s seven-game winning streak has come to an end.
It was a tough opening day for the Zebras in the McAlester East/West Showdown, for Duncan used a seven-run fifth inning to claim a 10-2 win at Northeast Oklahoma State Junior College on Thursday.
After Brady Priess scored on an error to cut the deficit to one at 3-2 in the fourth inning, it seemed Claremore was in for an exciting finish against one of the top teams in Class 5A.
The Demons (22-4, 11-0 in District 5A-1) had no interest in dragging things out any further, though.
Tate Wilkins started the scoring spree with a double to centerfield, scoring Derek Bridges.
Zebras pitcher Dasen Tilley responded with a strikeout to put Duncan at two outs, but the Southwest Oklahoma team wasn’t going anywhere for awhile.
Tilley walked five-straight batters after that, giving the Demons three more runs. The sophomore’s struggles continued, for the hitting of a batter, followed by a 2-RBI double from Bridges gave Duncan its eight-run advantage.
Tilley surrendered seven hits and seven runs while striking out three. Carson Young gave up the other three runs despite not allowing a hit.
Cameron Giles recorded the win on the mound for Duncan, going the distance with two strikeouts while allowing three hits and two runs.
Priess, Matt Wofford and Jake Gilmore led Claremore with one hit each. Bridges and Wilkins tallied three hits apiece to lead the Demons.
The Zebras (14-8, 8-2 in District 5A-3) return at 11 a.m. tomorrow against Piedmont before closing out play in the East/West Showdown at 1:45 p.m. against El Reno.