Runs came early and in bunches for the Durant Lions on Tuesday afternoon as they returned to the win column with a 10-0 romp over Hugo in non-district action at Lions Field.
The Lions reeled off 11 hits in just three innings as they ended the contest early on the run rule.
Seniors Dakota Finley and Brody Morgan combined for two innings apiece on the mound, limiting the Buffaloes to only two hits while they struck out five and walked four.
Both the Hugo hits came in the first stanza before Finley settled in to turn the visitors away scoreless with a pair of strikeouts.
Durant immediately went to work, taking the lead just two batters into its half of the stanza.
Finley opened with a single and raced all the way around to score on a triple off the bat of Matthew Knox. Connor Roberts quickly made it 2-0 as he lofted a sacrifice fly to right.
The Lions weren’t finished however as Jensen Simmons coaxed a two-out walk and also came all the way around to score when Gavin Daws dropped a double just inside the rightfield line for a RBI.
One frame later, Durant really put the contest away by plating four runs as it sent eight hitters to the plate.
Morgan led off with a walk, Brayden Green singled and Finley walked to load the bases. Knox picked up another run batted in with a single before Roberts pushed in two tallies with another hit up the middle. Simmons knocked in the final run of the frame with a sacrifice fly.
The hosts put the finishing touches on the run rule in the third with three more runs in their final at-bat of the contest. Cade Buchanan started the uprising with a single, one of five Lion hits in the inning.
Finley provided one of the biggest blows with a two-run single and Roberts also chipped in a RBI hit. Michael Wingfield and Cade Ogden contributed hits for Durant.
Overall, Roberts finished with two hits and four RBI to pace the attack while Finley and Knox each had two hits and two batted in apiece.
Daws, Green, Buchanan, Wingfield and Ogden all ended with one hit in the contest.
The Lions, now 11-6, return to action Thursday in the Smicklas Chevrolet Tournament in Piedmont where they face Anadarko at 6 p.m. and Purcell at 8 o’clock in the first two games of pool play.
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