Demons have a learning experience at McAlester Shootout

Junior Derek Bridges takes a lead off of first base in practice.

Sydney Sears

Junior Derek Bridges takes a lead off of first base in practice.

Andrew Riley, Sports Editor


On the April 19, the McAlester shootout began and was cut short on the following day because of a rainy Saturday. This tournament was not any regular single or double elimination style tournament, however.

“The tournament is styled so that there is a set schedule and in the end, the team with the best record wins,” senior Tyler Polk said.

The Duncan Demons played three games: against Collinsville (9-1), Bishop Kelly (13-1), and Claremore (10-9). All three of them were losses.

“It was disappointing going 0-3 while we were there, but we didn’t play like we normally do,” junior Connor Thaxton said. “We know we can beat those teams if we’re given another chance to play them.”

Even after these losses, the team feels like this is not a reflection of how they will perform in regionals.

“We just had a bad weekend and we’ll get back to playing like we  normally do,” Thaxton said.

Junior Creed Watkins knows the team will be ready

“We were never not ready,” Watkins said. “Last weekend was a wake up call to play our top game at all times.”

The team has already began an improvement over last weekend’s tournament. April 23 the Demons won against Lawton Mac, placing them as the number one seed in the regional tournament to be played at home May 3-5.