On a scorching Saturday afternoon, the Ardmore Lady Tigers decided to give their fans who braved the heat their money’s worth, and then some.

On a scorching Saturday afternoon, the Ardmore Lady Tigers decided to give their fans who braved the heat their money’s worth, and then some.

Ardmore was able to pull off a district doubleheader sweep against the Altus Lady Bulldogs, with the second victory coming in eight innings. moving Ardmore into a tie for first place in district 5A-2 with Piedmont at 7-0 in district, while moving to 13-6 overall.

These two teams are scheduled to meet on Tuesday at the Ardmore softball field beginning at 5 p.m.

Game one
Ardmore 8
Altus 3

In the opening game of the series, the Lady Tigers were pegged early by a Lady Bulldogs run in the first inning, but responded in a big way.

Lauren Blankenship gave Ardmore a 2-1 lead with an RBI double to left which which scored Reagan Lewis and Nakayla Coleman.

Makila Case then made it 3-1 with an RBI groundout, before Savannah Marris got a sacrifice fly RBI to end the first inning. 

Coleman then had a hand in making it 5-1 in the second when she collected an RBI single.

Avery Lowe then broke the game open in the fourth when she registered a three-RBI double to left field with the bases loaded to make it an 8-1 score.

Altus managed to get two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Bulldogs wouldn’t score again.

Lowe went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI and a run scored, while Blankenship finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Nakayla Coleman was 2-for-2 with a run scored and one RBI, while Reagan Lewis went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. 

Jaiden McCurley and Angelina Bruner both scored one run apiece. 

Marris got the win on the mound for Ardmore, throwing a complete game effort. She allowed two earned runs on 11 hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Game two
Ardmore 13
Altus 10 F/8

There was plenty of drama to be had in the second game of the doubleheader, as Ardmore needed a late comeback to survive and earn the sweep.

Altus got the lead in the bottom of the first with a run, before Ardmore tied the game in the top of the second when Makila Case got an RBI double off the wall in center field, scoring Avery Lowe.

However, the Lady Bulldogs got four runs in the bottom of the second to lead 5-1.

Lowe and Case combined to get Ardmore to within one run in the top of the third as Lowe got an RBI single to left, before Case sent an RBI double to center, which scored Lowe and Lauren Blankenship.

Once again though, Altus was one step ahead as the Lady Bulldogs got a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-4.

Two more Lady Bulldog runs in the bottom of the fifth put Ardmore in an 8-4 situation with two innings left.

But Ardmore had a response in the seventh.

First it was Blankenship collecting a two-RBI double to left field, before Case stepped to the plate two batters later.

Case would crush a three-run home run to center field, giving Ardmore a 10-8 lead.

Altus wouldn’t go away quietly though, as the Lady Bulldogs scraped across two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.

However, the Lady Tigers wouldn’t be denied a victory as Blankenship put the Lady Tigers back in front in the top of the eighth with an RBI double to center, before Lowe stepped up and hit a two-run home run to give Ardmore a 13-10 advantage, which would eventually hold. 

Case finished the game going 3-for-5 at the plate with six RBI, with Lowe and Blankenship both earning three RBI’s apiece. Lowe went 2-for-3 at the plate with four runs scored while Blankenship was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. 

Julia Young went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. 

Jacy Johnson threw 1 2/3 innings for Ardmore, allowing five earned runs on four hits with three walks.

Savannah Marris got the win on the mound, throwing six innings. She allowed one earned run on nine hits with one strikeout and two walks.