In its first game of the Ardmore/Lone Grove Showcase, Ardmore showed off plenty of what makes it a team on the rise.
A combination of timely Tigers hitting and Dickson errors got Ardmore off to a good start Thursday in a 13-3 win over the Comets. Ardmore lost to Plainview 10-2 in the final game of the day.
Trailing 3-2 after the first inning, Ardmore outscored Dickson 11-0 over the next three innings for the run-rule victory. The big surge came in the bottom of the third, when Ardmore struck for seven runs to put the game out of reach.
"I thought we did a great job offensively again tonight," Ardmore coach Will Trisciani said. "We hit the ball again, our kids are swinging at good pitches ... I think we've learned the strike zone a little bit."
Ardmore was all over Dickson's strike zone in the decisive third inning, scoring runs on eight of the nine balls they put in play. Leading by two, C.J. Long and Jarred Hall hit back-to-back RBI singles for the 7-3 lead. The Tigers added four runs on errors by Dickson, and Donovan Kuykendall provided an RBI triple.
Kuykendall, the only senior in the starting lineup for the Tigers, said the progress is obvious with the young squad, which improved to 5-7 with the win.
"The inexperience shows, but we're handling it a lot better than I thought we would coming into the season," Kuykendall said.
With a 12-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Long reached on a single, made his way to third on a steal and passed ball, and Hall layed down a textbook bunt and forced an error to bring home the winning run.
"We're trying to do station-to-station stuff, because we don't have a bunch of home run hitters," Trisciani said. "I think we did a great job of that tonight."
Speed was also a factor for the Tigers. In the bottom of the second, Jarred Hall struck out but reached base after beating out a dropped third strike. The sophomore stole second, then scored the tying run on Rontrey Burkhalter's RBI single.
Burkhalter scored on a passed ball for the go-ahead run at 4-3.
From there, starting pitcher Chris Hall was strong, striking out four batters over the final two innings for the win. The few times Dickson put bat to ball, Ardmore's defense was sound.
"That's what happens when you throw strikes and play good defense behind it," Kuykendall said. "We should be able to do that every time."
Kuykendall had three hits, Hall and Long each had two and Bodee Coffman had an RBI double for the Tigers.
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Plainview got contributions at the plate all through the lineup in a big win over Ardmore.
Page 2 of 2 - Five batters picked up at least two hits for the Indians in the win, paced by a 2-for-3 effort from Carter Bowker that included a triple and a RBI.
Drake Harper, Kyle Williams and Devin Hartman each drove in two runs for Plainview, while Garrett Foster added another RBI.
Harper earned the win on the mound in a five-inning complete game effort, allowing just three hits, no earned runs and striking out four.
Kuykendall and Brayden Lyles each had doubles to pace the Tigers, while Kuykendall took the loss on the mound.
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Garrett Foster had two triples, a double and four RBI as the Indians teed off on Dibble.
Plainview scored 13 runs in the first inning of a game that was never close. Including Foster, six Indians had a double, while Chase Brooks added a home run.
Jordan Rickets took the win on the mound, throwing three innings of three-hit ball while allowing just one earned run and striking out four.
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