MIDWEST CITY — The American National Bank Ardmore Cardinals picked up their second win of the South Plains Classic with a 13-11 victory over Pueblo (Colo.) on Thursday.
The Cardinals scored 13 runs on 13 hits, exploding for eight runs in the fifth inning.
Trailing 6-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Cardinals (9-10) strung together six hits to take the lead for good. Jake Patterson (Kingston) had an RBI single to drive in a run and Devin Hartman (Plainview) added an RBI sacrifice fly to tie the game.
Travis Hallum (Marietta) was hit by a pitch with two outs to bring up the top of the order, where Hunter Stephens (Coleman) beat out an infield single. Gage Goff (Rose State/Madill) added a two-run single — his second hit of the inning — and Scott Brinkley (Tushka) had his second hit of the inning to drive in another run.
"It was a routine small-ball inning, where we executed and got some things done," Cardinals coach Bubba Tamez said. "When Hunter Stephens gets on base and Goff and Brinkley are hitting like this, we're scoring runs every time through the lineup."
Stephens and Hartman each doubled and had two hits for the Cardinals. Gage Goff and Scott Brinkley each had three hits, and Goff and Hartman each scored two runs.
Alec Hetherington (Davis) pitched three innings for the Cardinals, giving up five hits, striking out four and giving up four runs. Garrett Edwards (Hillsdale College/Ardmore) came on for two innings and was replaced by Brinkley.
Brinkley picked up the save, pitching 1 2/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Pueblo added an unearned run in the seventh inning.
"We had our inning where we didn't put it together well defensively, but Brinkley came in, cleaned that up and got the save," Tamez said.
The Cardinals, 2-0 in the Classic, play Woodward today at 8:30 a.m. Today's result will determine the Cardinals' seed for Saturday's bracket play.