Ardmore’s quest towards redemption and a possible state tournament berth got off on the wrong foot Monday afternoon against Lexington.

Ardmore’s quest towards redemption and a possible state tournament berth got off on the wrong foot Monday afternoon against Lexington.

Or more appropriately the wrong arm.

A mistaken called third strike in the top of the sixth inning allowed the tying run to score, before the Lady Bulldogs eventually found the winner, sending AHS to a stunning 2-1 defeat in the opening game of the season.

With the Lady Tigers leading 1-0 and starting pitcher Lexi Duff in complete command on the mound, the senior threw what appeared to be a decisive third strike, which would have ended the inning.

As the umpire’s arm motioned for a strike out at the plate, everyone in attendance believed the Lady Tigers were about to come to bat.

Unfortunately, the alleged third strike was only the second strike.

The confusion allowed Lexington to steal the tying run at the plate, with the third out coming moments later.

In the top of the seventh inning, Lexington managed to get a double with one out, and thanks to an RBI bloop single to right field, the Lady Bulldogs took their first and only lead of the game.

Ardmore initially took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Lauren Blankenship sent an RBI double to left center field.

Unfortunately, Lexington’s off speed pitching gave the Lady Tigers problems all day long as base runners were few and far between.

Duff took the loss on the mound for Ardmore, throwing a complete game effort. She finished with nine strikeouts.

Ardmore will be back in action this weekend at the Chisholm Trail Classic hosted by Tuttle High School. The tournament will begin on Thursday and run until Saturday with all games being played at the ballfields at Firelake Casino in Shawnee. 

Ardmore will be back at home on Aug. 15.