After the sixth inning, it seemed Ardmore would finish its Senior Day with a victory.


After the sixth inning, it seemed Ardmore would finish its Senior Day with a victory.

Then Duncan owned the seventh.

The Demons came through with four runs in the inning, overcoming a one-run deficit and beating the Tigers 7-4 Tuesday in Ardmore’s last home game of the season.

Michael Rice got the Demons going in the seventh with a double, and two hit batsmen loaded the bases. Rice and Hunter Green scored at different times after errors by the catcher trying to throw them out on. Travis Galbreath took the mound for Reed Downing, but Duncan added two more runs on a single and another error at catcher.

McPherson started on the mound, striking out two but walking six and giving up two earned runs on two hits. Downing took the loss, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Reliever Jackson Stone picked up the victory for Duncan after giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one error. Starter Thomas Edwards yielded two runs on six hits in five innings. Edwards struck out seven Tigers and walked three.

Ardmore (14-11), which outhit Duncan 11-7, had taken a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Tray Fish, Jared Johnson and Scott Blankenship all singled to load the bases, and McPherson singled to drive in Fish for the tying run. Johnson scored on an error at second base to give the Tigers their only lead of the day.

Fish’s run was one of two RBI on the day for McPherson, who hit 3-for-4 to lead the Tigers. Kolton Henley went 2-for-4 with a double and Blankenship was 2-for-4 as well, scoring a run.

Henley, Blankenship, Downing, Johnson and Luke Bean are the five senior Tigers.

Ardmore pulled within 2-1 in the third when McPherson followed up a Blankenship triple with a double. McPherson tied it at 2 in the fifth when he scored on a single by Galbreath; he led off the inning with a single and stole second.

The Demons took the early lead on a sacrifice fly to right field by Michael Rice. They made it 2-0 in the third with a two-out single by 9-hole hitter Chris Gilbert. The leadoff batter was picked off for the first out.

Randal Snider went 2-for-2 with two runs, and Gilbert was 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Duncan, which won at Valero Park for the second time this season.

Ardmore finishes its regular season Friday at Silo before heading to Carl Albert next Tuesday for its Class 5A regional tournament.
 

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