The Ardmore Tigers celebrated Senior Night with a doubleheader blasting of the Oklahoma City Southeast Spartans Tuesday night at the Tiger softball field. Ardmore took the first game 7-4, and then defeated the Spartans 11-0 in the second contest in a game called after four innings by run-rule. Between the two games, Tiger players and fans honored senior players Katelyn Hartman and Asjia Anderson, who were playing their final home game as Tigers.
In the opener, Ardmore pitcher, Katy Cronemeyer sat down the first 14 batters she faced to help the Tigers gain the upper hand. Ardmore plated three in the bottom of the third inning when Hartman reached on a bunt single and advanced to third on a Southeast error. Infield errors by the Spartans allowed Kanesha Noland and Anderson to both reach safely as Hartman scored. A two-out double to the gap in left-center by Brittany Harrison scored Noland and Anderson.
Ardmore (6-17) got a run in the fourth when Hartman singled, took second on a fielder's choice and scored on a single to center by Howell.
Southeast (14-15) took advantage of the only bad defensive inning by the Tigers in the top of the fifth to knot the game. Mikayla Santana singled to left with two outs to become the first Spartan to reach base. The next three batters — Rosa Lopez, Alejandra Saludo and Maria Silva — all reached on Tiger miscues and scored on the errors to make it a 4-4 game.
The Tigers struck for two in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good when Noland singled, reached second on a stolen base and scored on Anderson's single. A sacrifice fly to left by Harrison scored Anderson to make it a 6-4 game. Ardmore added an insurance run in the sixth when Bailey Howell hit an inside-the-park home run down the left field line.
Cronemeyer used 81 pitches, fanned seven, walked none and allowed just two hits to record the win.
"I thought Katy threw well in both games," Ardmore coach Charli Crawford said. "She had good control. She didn't walk anyone until the second game. She stayed tough in the circle and hit her spots all night long. I was proud of her effort."
Howell was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Tiger offense, and Brittany Harrison was 1-for-2, including a double, with two RBIs.
The Tiger bats did the job in the second game. Ardmore pounded Southeast pitcher Natasha King for 12 hits in just four frames. Ardmore scored three in the second and one in the third to go up 4-0 heading to the fourth. Meanwhile, the Spartans could not get a runner past second base against Cronemeyer and the Tiger defense.
Ardmore sent 12 to the plate and scored seven runs in the top of the fourth to put the game away by run-rule.
"We hit the ball well in both games, and that was good to see," Crawford said. "We had just the one bad inning in the first game, but after that, we settled down and played well in the field. This is the best we've hit the ball in a long time. I like that, since regional playoffs are coming up in the next couple of weeks."
Cronemeyer needed 60 pitches, allowed four hits, fanned six and walked two in the nightcap.
Hartman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Tigers, and Harrison was a perfect 3-for-3, including a double, with two RBIs. Howell was also perfect at 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Makenzie Lima was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Tigers head to Chickasha for a weekend tournament before moving into regional competition.