Ardmore got it half right on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it didn't prove to be enough.
Chris Hall threw a gem for the Tigers in a complete-game effort, hurling six innings of six-hit ball, but it wasn't enough in a 4-1 loss to Duncan at Ardmore's Valero Park.
"(Hall) has done a great job on the mound for us every time he's gone out there," Tigers coach Will Trisciani said. "We just need the offense to help our pitchers out some."
Hall took a tough loss, allowing just the six hits while striking out four and surrendering three earned runs.
For the second night in a row, Ardmore was doomed by cold bats. The Tigers simply could not solve Duncan's Dillon Stanley, who shut down Ardmore for seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 11.
Three of those came while Ardmore had the bases loaded, most notably in the second inning. The Tigers got three consecutive runners on with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts doomed any chance of bringing them home.
"Offensively, we're struggling a little bit at the plate, and that's going to happen," Trisciani said. "But it can't happen in big games ... when you have the bases loaded and less than two outs, you have to bring one of them home."
Ardmore also didn't help itself in the field, with two costly errors (the Tigers had four overall for the game) extending the third and fifth innings. Duncan scored two runs in each of those frames.
The Tigers were able to finally get on the board in the sixth on a Rontrey Burkhalter RBI single, but Jarred Hall's bases-loaded strikeout was the final chance Ardmore would have to mount a serious rally.
For his part, Trisciani attributed some of the team's fatigue to its busy schedule; the Tigers have played five games in five days, a hectic load for this early stage of the season.
"It's been a tough week," Trisciani said. "We're going to take a little break, let everybody spend some time fishing and talking to their girlfriends before coming back to work."
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