After run-ruling three Texas teams in their first three games of the Texas Shootout on Friday and Saturday, the Ardmore Cardinals were ousted by Oklahoma.


After run-ruling three Texas teams in their first three games of the Texas Shootout on Friday and Saturday, the Ardmore Cardinals were ousted by Oklahoma.

A three-run eighth inning lifted the Oklahoma Angels (Oklahoma City) in the tournament semifinals and sent the Cardinals out with an 8-7 loss. Two runs in the bottom of the eighth weren’t enough to send Ardmore to the championship game on Sunday. The Cardinals placed third in the eight-team tournament.

“We killed the baseball and threw really well,” Ardmore coach Jake Melton said. “It was the best we’ve swung the bats all year.”

Paul Chestnut (Silo) was 2-for-2, Kenton Stanley (Silo) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and Blake Smith (Plainview) was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Ardmore (11-13). Ryan Stewart (Lone Grove) added an RBI double in the fifth.

Tied 5-5 in the top of the eighth, the Angels scored three runs on four hits and a walk.

“Our pitcher did a good job again of throwing strikes, but a lot of the balls found holes,” Melton said. “It was crazy all the balls that fell in for them. We fought back we just didn’t have quite enough to fight back.”

Ardmore 11, Fort Worth 2
Ardmore scored three runs in each of the first three innings of a five-inning win over Fort Worth on Saturday.

Blake Campo (Plainview) was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Chestnut was 3-for-3 with three RBI, Stanley hit a two-run home run and Smith was 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Smith struck out five and hit two batters in five innings on the mound.

Friday
Ardmore 11, Dallas 2
Ardmore crushed the Dallas Reds in five innings in its tournament opener on Friday.

Reed Downing (Ardmore) led the Cardinals at the plate, batting 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and five RBI. Jared Sterling (Silo) double twice and Trevor Raper (Carl Albert State/Madill) and Wes Davis (Plainview) each doubled and drove in two runs for Ardmore.

Stanley struck out one batter over five innings and allowed three hits for his third win.

Ardmore 14, Dallas 2
Five Cardinals had multiple hits as Ardmore posted another double-digit run total, this time against the Dallas Titans.

It was the third consecutive strong pitching performance, as Sterling recorded the win, striking out four and walking none. Smith hit a deep three-run home run to center field in the second inning and Campo added three RBI.

Chestnut had two doubles and two RBI, Sterling had three hits and Campo, Davis and Cody Sewell (Lone Grove) had two hits each for the Cardinals.

“I’m glad the way the guys performed the past few games,” Melton said. “We were a couple of breaks away from playing in the championship on Sunday. Hopefully, we can keep it up.”