Durant couldn’t catch up after Tulsa Bishop Kelly secured a big lead early off, 17-4, in five innings in district action on Tuesday, April 17.


The Lions were held hitless until the third inning when they got their first run on the board. Noah Morrison, who was running for Connor Roberts after he reached on an error to open the inning, scored on a two-out error.


The Lions struggled throughout the game defensively as an effect of a collaborative “off-day” for all of Durant’s pitchers.


“We definitely struggled in that department,” head coach Ron Moore said.


Brady Nichols got the start and allowed seven runs on six hits in the first inning while his counterpart, Parker Rowland, was tough from the outset with the big advantage to work behind.


Rowland allowed four hits and four runs with six strikeouts.


The Comets had eight runs in the fourth inning, powered by home runs from Cooper McMurray, Joel Christner, and Dewey Bledsoe, to take a 15-1 lead.


After the fourth the score sets at a staggering 15-1.


In the fifth the Lions collected scored three times off four hits. Braden McKee doubled to right with two outs and Cade Buchanan singled to center to plate McKee.


Connor Roberts homered to left on a full-count to close out the scoring for the Lions.


Durant, which fell to 16-5, has six regular season games left until regionals, which take place the second week of May. Bishop Kelley improved to 19-4.


Durant had a 10-0 loss in five innings against Bishop Kelley on Monday, April, 16. The Lions managed only two hits – a double by Gavin Daws and a single from Cade Ogden — Nichols walked and was hit by a pitch and Michael Wingfield was hit by a pitch twice.


Bishop Kelley led 5-0 after the first inning and 8-0 after two. The Comets finished the scoring with two runs in the fifth.


Daws’ double came leading off the second but he was stranded there. Ogden singled with one out in the fourth but was erased on a double play.