Durant improves to 2-0 with comeback win


By Kevin Farr - [email protected]



Durant second baseman Braeden McKee puts down the tag on a Duncan baserunner as Shawn Westmoreland backed up the throw in Saturday’s contest. The Lions rallied for a 6-5 win as McKee pick up his second pitching victory in relief with five strikeouts in the final two frames.


Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

For the second straight game the Durant Lions showed a flair for the dramatics, moving their record to 2-0 in the process.

This time it was Duncan on the receiving end as the Lions rallied late to topple the Demons, 6-5. Next on the slate is the district opener with Coweta slated for 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Junior Braeden McKee picked up his second straight pitching victory in relief, once again entering to stabilize things on the mound to allow the Lion bats to respond.

Duncan pulled in front 5-4 in the fifth on a three-run homer by Adam Ridley. After a follow-up two-out single, McKee was summoned and got help from junior catcher Connor Roberts, who threw out a Demon attempting to steal ending the inning.

Durant threatened in the bottom of the frame with a hit batsman and single by Cade Buchanan but left the tying and go-ahead runs on base.

McKee notched a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless sixth and the Lions then came through in the bottom half.

Matthew Knox got things started innocently enough with a one-out bunt single before Roberts stepped up and smashed a run-scoring double. Brady Nichols then flew out to center but Kolby Blake followed with a ringing double that plated courtesy runner Kyle Hughes.

The visitors threatened with a pair of hits in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. McKee was up to the task fanning Crede Watkins and Josh Bumgarner to end the threat.

Junior Gavin Daws had some solid moments in the pitching start, scattering nine hits in four and two-third frames of work. He was a victim of the long ball however, yielding a two-run homer in the third before the three-run blast in the fifth.

Trailing 2-0 after the first blast in the third, Durant put together a three-run outburst with the heart of the order doing the damage again.

Shawn Westmoreland opened the frame with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch ahead of a Knox hit to left. Roberts then smacked a RBI double to left and Nichols drove in two more with a single as well to give the Lions a 3-2 edge.

The hosts tacked on another run in the fourth, getting things going with back-to-back two out walks to Dakota Finley and Knox. Roberts delivered once again with a run-scoring single that pushed the advantage to 4-2.

Durant finished with 11 hits in the contest lead by a three-for-three effort that included three RBI from Roberts. Knox and Blake chipped in two hits apiece. McKee, Nichols, Buchanan and Westmoreland contributed one hit each.

Contact Kevin Farr at 580-634-2161 or [email protected]

Durant second baseman Braeden McKee puts down the tag on a Duncan baserunner as Shawn Westmoreland backed up the throw in Saturday’s contest. The Lions rallied for a 6-5 win as McKee pick up his second pitching victory in relief with five strikeouts in the final two frames.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_IMG_9379.jpgDurant second baseman Braeden McKee puts down the tag on a Duncan baserunner as Shawn Westmoreland backed up the throw in Saturday’s contest. The Lions rallied for a 6-5 win as McKee pick up his second pitching victory in relief with five strikeouts in the final two frames. Kevin Farr | Durant Democrat

By Kevin Farr

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