Playing their second tournament in two weeks, the Ardmore Tigers hit the road for McAlester to take part in another mash up of talented prep squads, the McAlester 5A Shootout, Thursday.


Playing their second tournament in two weeks, the Ardmore Tigers hit the road for McAlester to take part in another mash up of talented prep squads, the McAlester 5A Shootout, Thursday.

After three days of grueling competition, the Tigers came out with just one win, but coach Will Trisciani still feels like progress was made for a team continuing to learn.

The lessons were painful to begin with, as Ardmore fell just short in a narrow 6-5 loss to Pryor late Thursday night.

Ardmore was held scoreless for the opening five frames before finally solving Pryor starter Brett Mitchell to the tune of four runs.

Unfortunately, despite the efforts of Jerrid Bonner, Garrett Edwards and Ethan Stedman, who each knocked doubles, the rally fell short. Travis Galbreath knocked in two runs for the Tigers.

“The first night we played really well against a good Pryor team, just waited a little too long to get started,” Trisciani said.

Ardmore ran into a buzzsaw Friday morning against Shawnee, losing 10-2. The Tigers quickly falling behind 8-1 after two innings.

Carson McPherson was one of the few bright spots for the Tigers, smashing a triple and two RBIs.

The team turned it around in the evening, however, topping Collinsville in a dominant 8-2 win that was bolstered by a monster effort from McPherson, who went 5-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI.

The team was also bolstered offensively by Tray Fish’s two-RBI triple.

“We’re getting better and better offensively,” Trisciani said. “We’re going to be even better when we get everybody firing on all cylinders.”

Against McAlester in the final game on Saturday, the Buffaloes rolled through the Tigers 12-0.

“We just went flat late,” Trisciani said. “McAlester is a really good ball club.”

Ardmore now sits with a 10-16 record on the year. The Tigers have already surpassed their win total from a year ago and Trisciani said he still feels they have their best ball in front of them.

“It’s going to be exciting to see how it winds down,” Trisciani said. “We’re still right there; we can finish third or fourth in our district, which will be really good for us.”

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