With a district lead on the line, the Ardmore Lady Tigers took sole claim at first place with a 4-0 win over the Duncan Lady Demons Tuesday.

With a district lead on the line, the Ardmore Lady Tigers took sole claim at first place with a 4-0 win over the Duncan Lady Demons Tuesday.

Timely hits and late inning heroics once again propelled the Lady Tigers to victory. 

But for the first five innings, the game was locked at zeroes, as both Ardmore’s Lexi Duff and Duncan’s Lilly Rivas dueled on the mound.

But in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Lady Tigers’ bats caught fire.

Ardmore’s Chloe Pender got the inning started with a bang, belting a line drive off the center field fence for a lead off double.

A savy sacrifice bunt by Avery Lowe advanced Pender to third base, bringing senior pitcher Lexi Duff to the plate.

With a runner on third with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Duff, once again, showed off her killer instinct, knocking a bloop single over the first base line to drive in Pender, giving the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.

With blood in the water, the Lady Tigers’ bats went on a feeding frenzy.

Ardmore’s Lauren Blankenship hit a double to left field. With two runners in scoring position Madisen Moore broke the game wide open with a two RBI double, bringing the lead to 3-0.  

Ardmore’s Kalie Douglas kept the rally going after a single through the gap. Emma Nghtengale would cap off the rally with an RBI single, bringing the score to 4-0.

Finally pitching with the luxury of lead, Duff shut down the Duncan Demon’s, ending the game with three more strikeouts.

In the win, Duff striked 18 in seven innings of work.

Lady Tigers coach Charli Crawford said the 4-0 win over Duncan was massive for the team. She said the win was a result of executing the game plan they had worked on all week.

“This game means a lot to these girls, we came up with a gameplan and stuck with it and it eventually paid off for us,” Crawford said. 

Though she said the result was a team-win, Crawford said it didn’t hurt having Duff at the plate or the mound.

“She’s a gamer,” she said. “She always finds a way to help her team out in big moments, either hitting or pitching.”

The Lady Tigers will get a chance to seal their district lead in their next matchup against Piedmont, on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Piedmont.

Ardmore beat Piedmont in their last matchup this season.