MADILL — It’s not often a team gets to host a state tournament.

MADILL — It’s not often a team gets to host a state tournament.

However, the Ardmore Cardinals were more than happy to make the most out of their opportunity Thursday afternoon.

A six-run first inning proved to be more than enough cushion, as the Cardinals easily won their opening game of the American Legion Senior Baseball State Tournament over the Ada A’s by a score of 12-4 at the Madill High School baseball complex. 

The Cardinals advanced to play the Three Rivers Bandits in the night game. A score was not available as of press time.

It was perhaps ironic that a giant American flag was hanging proudly in left center field, because the Cardinals provided more than a few offensive fireworks in the first inning.

Canyon Whittington got the Cardinals on the board with an RBI single to left, before Jake McHatton doubled the advantage when he slapped an RBI to right field.

Whittington would later score after Jacob Lawless was beaned with the bases loaded to make it a 3-0 Cardinals advantage.

Marietta’s Zack Spanglo then got in on the action as he smashed a line drive into the outfield for an RBI single.

McHatton would eventually score after a failed pick off attempt at first went into the outfield, allowing the Madill standout to easily trot home for the Cardinals fifth run of the game. 

Sulphur’s Dawson Muck then finished off the inning with an RBI groundout.

Ada managed to get a pair of runs back in the bottom of the second through a sacrifice fly and an RBI single. 

Whittington would strike again in the fourth when he converted a sacrifice fly RBI to make it 7-2.

Hunter Savage made it 8-2 for the Cardinals with an RBI to left center field in the top of the fifth, before Tanner Barnes got an RBI in the top of the sixth.

The biggest hit of the night came in the top of the seventh when Lawless smashed a two-run home run to left field to make it 11-2.

Spanglo finished off the scoring for the Cardinals when he scored on a wild pitch in the same inning.

Ada managed to get two more runs across in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run home run to center field.

Lone Grove’s Braxton Campo got the win on the mound, throwing two innings of work. He allowed just two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Nick Wilson pitched in relief, allowing three hits with two runs, two strikeouts and five walks. 

The tournament is slated to continue through Saturday when the finals will take place at Madill.