CHICKASHA — By about 25 feet, Clay Atwood’s home run cleared the left field fence. The Ardmore shortstop’s second home run of the game invoked the run-rule in the Tigers’ 15-4 win over Guymon at Elliott Field in Chickasha on Tuesday to extend their season another day.
Ardmore (10-24) proved opportunistic against Guymon. Chris Hall had four RBIs on a pair of doubles in the first inning.
Hall’s RBI double to deep center field opened the scoring, driving home Bodee Coffman, the Tigers’ lead-off hitter. Coffman singled, and advanced two bases on a throwing error by the pitcher attempting a pick-off play.
Guymon committed four errors in the inning.
Hall’s second double cleared the bases and extended Ardmore’s lead to 9-0. Ardmore sent 13 men to the plate in the opening inning.
Hall noticed that the pitcher threw only fastballs.
“I made the adjustment as soon as I saw it,” Hall said. “I got up there, first at-bat, and I was sitting fastball because I knew that’s what he was going to come with. I got my foot down and hit it.
“You didn’t have to go up there and think. You knew what he was coming with, so you could go up there and sit dead-red fastball and drive it where you wanted. That’s what we did.”
With Coffman in scoring position, Jake Patterson and Rhontrey Burkhalter worked walks to load the bases ahead of Hall’s first plate appearance.
Ardmore coach Will Trisciani said Guymon’s pitcher struggled to throw strikes.
“Sometimes kids do that,” he said. “We jump out and scored nine runs in the first inning on five hits, they kicked the ball around a little bit. We took the free passes when we got them. We got some big hits.”
After Hall’s second double, Guymon made a pitching change.
To lead off the second, Atwood hit his first home run. For the next couple of innings, Ardmore got complacent, Trisciani said.
“We did our job that first inning, and then we kind of got lax,” he said. “That’s kind of been our M.O. all year: We get ahead, kind of take a couple innings off and the next thing you know, it’s 9-4, 9-5 ball game.”
Cory Pender pitched five innings for the win, and the left-hander with a sidearm delivery proved hit hard on a couple of occasions. The two-out, two-run bloop single in the top of the fifth drove home Guymon’s third and fourth runs.
Ardmore’s offense replied with five runs in the next half-inning to end it.
Ardmore was unable to manufacture anything in its first game of the day, a 9-0 loss to Bishop McGuinness. Little went right for Ardmore against the Irish, as errors handcuffed the Tigers. Hall pitched three innings, and Trisciani said the senior threw well.
“He did a great job (yesterday),” Trisciani said. “We just didn’t do things offensively and defensively behind him. We got him out of there early.”
Trisciani said there wasn’t much to say in between games.
“Really, we should be 2-0 right now,” Hall said. “We came out and kind of stubbed our toe in the first game. Our coaches challenged us to see what kind of men we are, to see if we’re going to come back (today) and fight. I believe we are because I’m motivated and the rest of our guys are motivated.”