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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Fifth-inning rally lifts Sulphur past Ardmore

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  • What looked promising for Ardmore early turned into a Sulphur barrage in the later innings.
    After falling behind 5-0, Sulphur struck for nine runs in the fifth inning and Ty Crenshaw shut down the Ardmore bats down the stretch of a 12-5 win Monday at Valero Park. Coming off what he called a poor performance against Davis in the championship of the Pauls Valley tournament on Saturday, Sulphur coach Corey Cole was looking for some kind of fight from the Bulldogs (7-3).
    It took a few innings, but Sulphur finally got to Ardmore starter Jake Patterson, sending 13 batters to the plate in the game-changing fifth inning.
    Doogie Peery had two hits of Sulphur's six hits, and Crenshaw faced one batter over the minimum in three scoreless innings of relief.
    "Both teams are very young," Cole said. "We're a real young team, they're a pretty young team. Our guys showed a lot of resilience and a lot of character there. They didn't get their heads down.
    "That's one thing about this bunch I've got: We've been down several times this year, and they don't ever bat an eye."
    Ardmore scored all of its runs in the second and third innings. Rontrey Burkhalter had a two-run single in the second and scored himself as Donovan Kuykendall got caught in a rundown to allow Burkhalter to score from third.
    In the third, Chris Hall and Braden Lyles drove in runs off Sulphur errors for the 5-0 lead. That seemed like more than enough run support for Ardmore starter Jake Patterson.
    The freshman lefty took a no-hitter into the fourth inning before giving up consectutive hits to Ryan Rackley and Peery. But Sulphur finally got on the board in the fifth.
    Hunter Luna, Peery and Cole Palmer each had RBI hits in the inning, Tye Brown drew an RBI walk with the bases loaded and the Bulldogs scored five runs off a combination of errors, wild pitches and passed balls from Ardmore.
    Brown's walk tied the game at 5-5 and Palmer drove in what proved to be the winning run for the 6-5 lead.
    "I was very proud of our approach," Cole said. "We got a few hits, we got a few things going our way, they made a few mistakes and we capitalized on it."
    After Sulphur's big top of the fifth, Rackley hit the first batter of the bottom of the frame, prompting Cole to immediately go to Crenshaw.
    The move paid off, with Ardmore going hitless the rest of the way. Crenshaw struck out three of the 10 batters he faced to pick up the save, with Rackley getting the win.
    "Ryan pitched really good today, but his pitch count had gotten really up," Cole said. "It was the point where he had a lead and I know Crenshaw is gonna go in there and throw strikes every time he's out there."
    Page 2 of 2 - Burkhalter was 1 for 2 with a walk and two stolen bases, Clay Atwood doubled and Lyles and Chris Hall each drove in a run and scored a run.Patterson finished with four strikeouts, walked two and gave up five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
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