Ardmore’s softball team started rocky on Thursday, but rebounded in the second game of a doubleheader with Noble to split its opening series of the season.
The Tigers fell 18-2 in the first game, but came back to win the second game 14-9.
After getting run-ruled in the first game in four innings, Ardmore’s pitcher Dariann Volenstine helped the Tigers with a complete-game effort, striking out three.
“Our pitcher just came out and threw stikes, and that made a huge difference,” Ardmore coach Charli Crawford said of game 2. “We still made a few errors, and had we not made those errors, the score would have been better.”
Ardmore’s offense was much improved in the second game as well. Autumn Bruner had three of the Tigers 13 hits, including a triple and three runs batted in.
Caden Ingram added two RBIs, and Volenstine and Ashlyn McGee each drove in a run. Destinee Howell had three stolen bases and an RBI.
Crawford said the improvement has been noticeable in Ardmore from the summer to the start of the season.
“I told them all summer, they worked so hard this summer conditioning and practicing,” Crawford said. “I’m excited for what the future holds for us.”
Ardmore 14, Noble 9
Bases on balls put Ardmore in a tough spot against Noble in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday, as the Tigers fell 18-2 in three innings.
The Tigers and Bears each had five hits, but Ardmore issued 18 walks in four innings.
Trailing 18-0 in the fourth, Ingram and Volenstine hit back-to-back RBI singles for the Tigers’ only two runs.
Bruner was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two stolen bases, and Brittany Harrison added a hit for the Tigers. Ingram logged two hits and a run scored.