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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Cardinals ready for state

  • It all leads to this.


    Two months of work, two months of sweat and two months of grinding out doubleheaders in triple-degree heat has finally led to the Southern Financial Group Ardmore Cardinals beginning a road towards glory today, as the Cardinals take on the Oklahoma City Bulls at 1 p.m. in the first round of the American Legion state tournament.


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  • It all leads to this.
    Two months of work, two months of sweat and two months of grinding out doubleheaders in triple-degree heat has finally led to the Southern Financial Group Ardmore Cardinals beginning a road towards glory today, as the Cardinals take on the Oklahoma City Bulls at 1 p.m. in the first round of the American Legion state tournament.
    The tournament will be an 11-team double elimination affair, to be played at Oklahoma City University, and is the first step towards a potential World Series appearance in Shelby, N.C.
    Head coach Jake Melton’s squad got off to a slow start, but has improved every week and Melton feels it can be seen just by looking at his team on the field.
    “They’ve really done a good job of meshing and developing team chemistry over the last month,” Melton said. “We’ve had good pitching all season, but this last few weeks we’ve gotten a lot better at hitting and fielding.
    “We’re really doing well at all three facets of the game.”
    As the No. 3 seed in the tournament, Ardmore received a bye for Tuesday’s action, but will pick up this afternoon.
    The tournament provides an opportunity to the Cardinals to learn from last year’s event, when Ardmore finished third after a loss in the consolation bracket finals to the Midwest City Outlaws.
    The team had lost its opening-round game, a 5-4 extra-inning affair against McAlester, forcing the Cardinals to move through the loser’s bracket.
    “I had felt good about our chances last year if we could have kept our pitching staff fresh,” Melton said. “Unfortunately, having to go through the loser’s bracket like that really depleted the staff.”
    This year, team members, many of whom were a part of the disappointment last year, are looking to avoid the same mistakes by coming out strong.
    “It matters a lot to them, and they want to win this thing,” Melton said. “It’s a really big deal in this state, and has been for a long time.
    “It’s just a testament of how hard they’ve worked and how far they’ve come.”
    Spencer White
    221-6527
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