It's been a busy few days for local baseball teams across the area. While some played a pair of games this week on Thursday and Friday, the Ardmore Tigers were in action at the Duncan Southern Oklahoma Invitational tournament from Sportsman's Park this past weekend.
It’s been a busy few days for local baseball teams across the area. While some played a pair of games this week on Thursday and Friday, the Ardmore Tigers were in action at the Duncan Southern Oklahoma Invitational tournament from Sportsman’s Park this past weekend.
Ardmore (7-14-1) will return to district play Monday afternoon beginning at 5:30 p.m. from Valero Park against El Reno before the return leg Tuesday at El Reno.
Ardmore 5, Duncan 5
Ardmore’s opening game of the tournament was the one that got away. A 5-3 advantage was lost late on as the Duncan Demons salvaged a tie against the Tigers Thursday morning.
Duncan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, before AHS tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second through an RBI double from Ryan Shirley.
An error in the bottom of the second put the Demons back in front at 3-1. However, Dalen Hall would give Ardmore its first lead of the game at 5-3 in the top of the fourth when he smashed a grand slam to right field.
Runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh though for the Demons squandered the lead with the game ending all square.
Casey Campbell threw 5 2/3 innings of work on the mound for the Tigers. He allowed just one earned run on seven hits with six walks and four strikeouts.
Tom Silvas worked 1 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on one hit with no walks.
Ardmore 6 F/5
Against the 3A state-ranked Marlow Outlaws, the Tigers jumped out early. Unfortunately, nine runs in the fourth proved to be the backbreaker as the Tigers fell in the afternoon game Thursday.
A sacrifice fly RBI by Casey Campbell put Ardmore up 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Tom Silvas then slapped an RBI single off a line drive to left field to make it 2-0.
Jaxon Potter made it 3-0 for Ardmore in the first with an RBI single to center.
The Tigers got a little bit of luck in the top of the second, when Dalen Hall scored following a balk by the Marlow pitcher to make it 4-0.
Dain Littlechild and Hall combined for RBI’s in the third inning to give the Tigers what appeared to be a solid 6-0 advantage.
However, four runs in the bottom of the third cut the Tigers’ lead to 6-4. A disastrous fourth inning saw Marlow take a 13-6 lead, before adding one more in the fifth to seal the victory.
Jared Masters took the loss on the mound for Ardmore, throwing 3 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 10 earned runs on 10 hits with one strikeout and two walks. Ryan Shirley and Dain Littlechild each pitched a third of an inning in relief.
Cache 8, Ardmore 0
The opening game on Friday for the Tigers was a less than pleasant experience. Cache held the Tigers to just three hits in the contest as the Bulldogs claimed the shutout victory.
CHS scored two runs in the top of the third inning, before adding six more in the fifth. Ardmore was held down in the game by five errors.
Marvin Noland took the loss on the mound for the Tigers, throwing four innings of work. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Tom Silvas pitched an inning of relief, allowing three runs (0 earned) with two walks.
Duncan 15, Ardmore 9
A rematch with the Duncan Demons didn’t go as planned in the finale Friday afternoon.
The Tigers however did get off to a flying start in the first inning, as they plated seven runs.
Casey Campbell got the hit parade started with an RBI single, before teammate Sebastien Nelson made it 2-0 with an RBI single of his own.
Bryce Tibbs hit a hard ground ball which led to an error, allowing Campbell to score the third run of the game later in the first inning. Ryan Shirley then made it 4-0 with an RBI single off a ground ball to center.
Dalen Hall made it 6-0 when his ground ball to right field scored Nelson and Tibbs. Shirley would finish the inning as he scored on a passed ball.
However, Duncan responded with a seven spot of its own to tie the game in the bottom half of the second inning.
Six runs in the third gave the Demons a 13-7 advantage. Ardmore tried to respond in the fourth, but could only manage one run courtesy of an RBI single from Nelson.
Duncan added one run in the fourth and fifth innings, before the Tigers got one more run in the seventh when Hall scored off an error at first base.
Bryce Tibbs took the loss on the mound for the Tigers throwing 2/3 of an inning of work. He allowed five earned runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout in the contest against DHS.