Pitching depth key for Duncan in State tourney
Every baseball team has an ace the pitcher you automatically give the ball to in big occasions.
If a team is really good, it has two good pitchers.
But what do you get when a team has three pitchers it can rely on?
In the case of the Duncan Demons, you get an historic season, a district championship and a second consecutive trip to the state tournament.
Senior Tyler Polk and juniors Derek Bridges and Brandon Miller give Duncan a lethal pitching rotation, one that most teams in the state would only dream of having. And if playoff baseball is run by power pitching, the Demons appear stocked for a long stay in the Tulsa area this weekend.
The Demons carry a 29-6 record into their state quarterfinal game against Bishop Kelley at Broken Arrow High School at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Duncan clearly has plenty of quality options to choose from but the Demons will likely throw Polk on Thursday. Polk is regarded by many as one of the best baseball players in the state and has already signed his letter of intent to play college baseball at Oklahoma State University next year. The senior's win-loss record and ERA have been great, but the stats are made even more impressive considering he spent much of the back half of the season dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. It has kept him out of games throughout the last month of the season but rarely caused him to miss a start on the mound. Often, Duncan's coaches would allow Polk to start on the mound, then sit him the following game to give him rest. Even when he re-aggravated it in at Duncan's regional, he bounced back in a big way.
Polk left the first game of the regionals against Eisenhower in the fourth inning with tightness in his hamstring. But after spending plenty of time in the trainer's room and stretching out his leg muscles, Polk was ready to pitch in the evening's game against Woodward.