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BRANDON — Durant dropped its first game of the season Friday against Newsome, and Cougars coach Butch Valdes said it was time to go “back to work.”
“We had to go back to the drawing board,” he said. “We came out swinging and we got a lot more action out of the bats today. That’s what we were looking for.”
Durant (6-1) rapped out 12 hits and got a pair of homers from Tyler Danish as the visiting Cougars jumped on Brandon early, defeating the Eagles 8-3 Tuesday night.
“I think the loss motivated them,” Valdes said. “Now we’re getting ready to round up for (the) Saladino (tournament) now.”
Cade Kelley’s one-out double in the first was followed by Danish’s shot over the left-centerfield fence. Danish then connected in the third, hammering a curveball out to center, to again drive home Kelley for a 4-0 lead.
“I thought he’d come with another hook but I got a ball up in the zone and put a good swing on it,” Danish said of his first home run. “I just tried to keep it short.”
Paxton Sims followed with an RBI double in the same inning and scored on a Chaz Fowler sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile Danish was sharp on the hill, holding the Eagles (6-2) to two singles through five innings of work. The senior righty also struck out eight, including six in a row.
“I felt good,” Danish said. “I’ve been in a rhythm lately, and the defense is playing well behind me.”
Danish did surrender three runs — his first over 28 innings this season — but all were unearned. Eric Hinostroza’s two-run single was the lone highlight for Brandon.