Ardmore found out exactly what it needed to tune up for regionals over the weekend, falling in three straight contests before heading into the stretch run of the season.
“We just need to go back to work,” head coach Will Trisciani said. “We’ll work on some things in the doubleheader against Durant.
“When we get quality at-bats, we’re a great ballclub.”
Despite a fantastic effort on the mound from starter Carson McPherson, the Tigers were unable to take advantage late against Duncan Thursday, falling 8-6 at home in the first game of a double header.
McPherson threw an amazing 17 strikeouts in the win in just over six innings pitched, but still came away with no decision.
Things didn’t improve in the second contest. Despite eight doubles, Ardmore once again lost a close contest, falling 6-5 when Duncan scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off the Tiger rally.
“Up until Friday, our pitching staff has done a phenomenal job and they just hit a bump in the road,” Trisciani said. “It happens.”
It happened again Friday when Ardmore surrendered 15 walks and eight hits in a 15-4 loss to Chickasha.
“You can’t win like that,” Trisciani said. “We just need to pick ourselves back up by the bootstraps and get going.”
Ringling falls in districts
RINGLING — In a heartbreaking early end to a promising season, the Ringling Blue Devils saw their postseason hopes dashed by Calera in a district doubleheader Thursday.
A nine-inning first game saw Ringling drop a 6-5 decision, though the Blue Devils took a three-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before Calera mounted a comeback to tie, before winning in the bottom of the ninth.
Andrew Stoker’s solo home run to open the first game was the only extra-base hit for Ringling in either contest, while Zeb Willis was 2-for-3 and Ryan Lester 2-for-4 in the opener.
Stoker (3-3) took the loss on the mound in relief.
That game, according to coach Steve Pybas, seemed to take the wind out of his young squad, who fell in just five innings in the second contest, an 11-2 loss.
Drue McElroy had the only hit for Ringling, a single, while he also took the loss on the mound to finish the year with a 4-2 record.