DICKSON – It didn’t take the Durant Lions long to get back to their offensive ways as they scored early and often in their return to Oklahoma competition during a 15-4 romp over Dickson Monday afternoon.
The Lions pounded out 14 hits to cruise by the Comets in dominant fashion as they built an 8-0 lead in the second stanza and never looked back while improving to 6-3 on the season.
Durant will be back home today for a 4:30 matchup with Hugo before playing host to Ada on Thursday.
In Monday’s outing junior Braeden McKee got the start on the mound and battled through some wildness coupled with very windy conditions to limit the Comets to a pair of runs on three hits with one walk and four hit batsmen in four innings of work.
Brayden Green twirled the final two stanzas of the run-rule victory, yielding a pair of unearned runs on two hits while also hitting a pair of batters.
The Lions got off to a quick start at the plate, grabbing a 2-0 advantage just three batters into the contest. Dakota Finley drew a leadoff walk, Matthew Knox reached on an error and both scored on Connor Roberts’ single.
Brady Nichols also contributed a RBI single for a 3-0 cushion before McKee ever took the mound.
Durant tacked on five runs in the second stanza, capitalizing on a big two-out error by Dickson with the bases loaded as well as Jensen Simmons’ two-run homer over the wall in left-centerfield. Finley, Shawn Westmoreland and Kolby Blake all had singles for the Lions.
Dickson pushed across single runs in the home half of the second and third innings before Durant countered with another unearned run in the fourth following a Comet error and Nichols double down the leftfield line.
The Lions put the game on ice in the sixth, plating six runs on six hits against a pair of Dickson relievers. Finley had the biggest blow with a grand slam home run that cleared the bases. Nichols and Green tossed in RBI singles with Roberts, Knox and Cade Buchanan also notching hits.
Finley and Nichols posted three hits apiece to pace the offensive assault with Finley driving in four and Nichols three. Roberts also contributed two hits in the contest while Westmoreland, Simmons, Blake, Green, Buchanan and Knox finished with one apiece.
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