McALESTER — Durant Lions and Memorial Chargers met in a re-match in regional playoffs on Thursday afternoon in McAlester. Due to a rain delay and extra inning games, the final out was recorded at 10:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Durant beat Memorial 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. On Thursday, the Chargers beat Durant in the bottom of the ninth inning, 6-5.
It was a pitching duel.
Durant sent freshman Dakota Finley to mound and baffled Memorial batters. He allowed 2 hits, 1 run until the seventh inning when Finley went to bat and hurt his knee. Then he pitched to one batter in the bottom half of the inning, but his knee hurt him on the follow through and was relieved by Brayden Green.
The game was tied 1-1 and headed for extra innings.
The Chargers were threatening in the bottom of the eight inning with runners at second base and third base. A pitch got by Durant catcher Cody Jones and the base runner was headed home for the game-winning run. But Jones recovered and dove towards home plate and made a huge game-saving out at home plate. Jones did the same thing twice in Thrusday’s game when he made big league plays at the plate that kept his team alive.
Then in the top of the ninth inning the Durant bats got hot and scored four runs.
Spencer Tidwell was hit-by-pitch to start off the top of the ninth inning and Matthew Knox got on with an infield single. Then Alex Brooks smashed a deep ball to left field for a RBI double. Austin Joines then hit a RBI single in the gap. Denton Comer would knock a RBI single into right field and Brayden Green would finish off the scoring with sharp hit RBI single to give the Lions a 5-1 lead.
Memorial went to bat in the bottom half of the ninth inning. Green hit a batter and walked another, which induced coach Ron Norman to make a pitcher change. Tyler Stovall came in to relieve Green on the mound. But the Chargers’ bats woke up and scored five runs.
Memorial started its rally with a 2 RBI double to center field and cut the lead to 5-3. Then two more runs scored and Durant led 5-4. With runners in a scoring position, a line drive got past a diving Austin Joines and Durant fell 6-5.
The Lions play again today in McAlester at 4 p.m.
Reach Randy Bruce at (580) 924-4388 or on Twitter @SportsBruce.