Ardmore’s senior-heavy starting nine made sure to put up numbers they’d never forget on Senior Night.


Ardmore’s senior-heavy starting nine made sure to put up numbers they’d never forget on Senior Night.

The Tigers scored all of their runs over a three-inning span, including nine in the third inning of a 22-2 route of Southeast on Tuesday at Valero Park.

And that was only game 1 of the doubleheader. Ardmore pitchers Donovan Kuykendall and Dillon Brooks combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter in a 14-0 shutout of the Spartans in the second game.

Ardmore’s eight seniors were honored in between games and did their fair share of damage in each victory.

Jerrid Bonner was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs, Carson McPherson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs, and Dillon Brooks added a two-run home run in the Tigers’ explosive third.

Tray Fish was 1-for-1 with a double, three walks and three runs scored.

“We’re gonna miss these kids,” Ardmore coach Will Trisciani said. “They worked hard to keep the tradition that’s been here a while: going to the state tournament.

“It’s bittersweet, but at the same time it brings on new challenges.”

Micah Hunter had an RBI groundout and Israel Andrade followed with a run-scoring single in the top of the second inning for Southeast’s only runs. Ardmore starting pitcher Ethan Stedman combined with Chris Hall to limit the Spartans to only two hits, both in the second inning.

Stedman struck out four, gave up two hits and two walks over three innings, and Hall struck out one in a scoreless fourth.

Ardmore 13, Southeast 0
The Tigers finished off their home schedule with a commanding game 2 win over Southeast.

Once the Senior Night ceremony between games was over, it didn’t take Ardmore long in the five-inning nightcap. The Tigers pounded Spartans pitching for 12 hits, 11 in the first two innings. Six of the Ardmore hits were for extra bases.

Donovan Kuykendall worked the first four innings and recorded the win to even his season mark at 3-3. Brooks worked the fifth in relief.

Ardmore, ranked No. 17 in Class 5A, sent nine to the plate and scored five in the first. A triple by McPherson brought Donovan Kuykendall in to score, and McPherson raced home on a Tiger double steal.

After Garrett Edwards doubled to score Fish, Travis Galbreath lined a 1-2 pitch by Southeast starter Maelon Olvedo deep over the wall in left.

“We hit the ball very well tonight,” Trisciani said. “We still have a few little things to improve on defensively, but we have been getting excellent outings from our pitching staff. I like seeing everyone hit the ball from top to bottom in the order like we did in these two games.”

In the second, the Tigers sent 12 to the plate and scored eight. Brooks and Stedman both doubled in the inning, and Bonner got a two-RBI triple to put Ardmore up 13-0.

“This is an important week for us,” Trisciani said. “We have a doubleheader at Duncan on Thursday. Then we go to Chickasha for one game on Friday and head to Del City for a Saturday game. These are all district games, and we need to play well. We should know on Saturday where we go for regionals.”

With one out in the top of the third, all the Tigers’ starters retired to the bench. Ardmore reserves finished the final 2 2/3 innings.

Bonner was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, and Kuykendall was 2-for-2 with three runs scored for Ardmore.

Galbreath was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Fish and Edwards scored two runs each.