A young Ardmore team still struggling with growing pains proved little match for a powerhouse Carl Albert squad on Monday, dropping both games of a doubleheader to the Class 5A No. 1 Titans at Ardmore.

"If you're going to beat a team like this, you have to be ready to play," Ardmore coach Will Trisciani said. "You can't mess up."

Early on in the first game, Ardmore appeared to be in position to go the distance with Carl Albert. Jake Patterson got the Tigers an early lead with a steal of third, followed by a sprint home on an errant throw from the Titans' catcher.

After Carl Albert went on a three-run burst in the top of the second inning, Ardmore answered with back-to-back blasts. Bodee Coffman slapped a leadoff double, followed by a Jarred Hall triple that narrowed the gap to one and gave the Tigers a chance to tie it up with Hall on third and just one out.

However, the next two Ardmore batters struck out looking, which became an unfortunate theme for the Tigers the rest of the way.
Ardmore would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game in a 9-2 loss.

Unfortunately, things did not improve in the nightcap, as Ardmore was outpaced 13-3 in six innings.

Ardmore kept the game close early, as the teams were scoreless through the first two-and-a-half frames, but the Titans eventually put together four consecutive innings of two or more runs to pull away.

The Tigers were doomed by three errors and a lack of punch at the plate, with all three Ardmore runs coming in the seventh inning, courtesy of a Jake Patterson bases-loaded double.

"Sometimes I feel like we're a bad racehorse that's fast out of the gates and die towards the end," Trisciani said. "But we're still competing, it's not like the kids are laying down.

"We've just got to figure out how to put seven innings together, and once we do that, we'll be fine."

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