Lexi Duff kept Ardmore in the game with her arm.
The Lady Tigers’ inability to manufacture enough hits and three defensive errors proved too much to overcome in a 6-0 loss in four innings to Chandler Saturday in the finale of the Chisholm Trail Classic in Shawnee.
Ardmore finished the three-day tournament with a 2-4 record.
Nikayla Davis and Haley Long each had one hit for Ardmore (3-4), which totaled two hits in the loss.
Ardmore had a chance to jump on top of Chandler before the Lady Lions came up to bat but failed to capitalize on a Caity Sparlin walk and a Davis infield single to lead off the frame.
“We didn’t do very well with situational hitting this weekend,” Ardmore coach Charli Crawford said. “We had chances to get runs early on but never took advantage of our opportunities.”
Duff worked around a one-out threat by Chandler in the home half of the first and limited the Lady Lions to a Blayne Solberg RBI single.
The score remained 1-0 until the third.
Chandler tallied the first of five runs in the frame on a Jayden Solberg RBI bunt single.
The inning should have been over with two batters later but a fielding error allowed the frame to continue.
The Lady Lions would push across three more runs before it was over, increasing their lead to 6-0.
Tuttle 6, Ardmore 1
Tuttle scored six unanswered runs to defeat Ardmore on the final day of the tournament Saturday at Firelake.
Morgan Chavez lined a single in the top of the first to drive in Sparlin, who led off the frame with a walk, to put the Lady Tigers ahead 1-0.
Madisen Moore finished 2-for-2.
Tuttle answered with two runs in its half of the first — a Peanut Owen two-run double — to take a 2-1 lead.
Tuttle scored twice in the second and late padded its lead to 6-1 after tallying two more runs in the fifth.
Ardmore 6, Marlow 0
Duff tossed a one-hitter and also drove in two runs in Ardmore’s shutout victory Friday afternoon.
“Lexi really started the Marlow game well for us and that led to the explosion which was due to her starting off well from the pitcher’s circle,” Crawford said.
Chloe Pender finished 2-for-3 and scored one run.
Six different Lady Tigers had at least one hit.
Duff was efficient, needing only 66 pitches to get through five innings. She struck out five and yielded just one walk.
Sparlin scored on Duff’s RBI groundout in the first to put Ardmore in front 1-0. Sparlin had reached on a Marlow error.
The Lady Tigers’ bats got to work in the fourth.
Chavez, Pender and Lauren Blankenship hit back-to-back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Pender scored on Jazmyn Powell’s single. Blankenship crossed home plate on Long’s fielder’s choice. Powell scored Ardmore’s third run of the frame on a Sparlin sacrifice. Davis made it 6-1 Ardmore with an RBI bunt single.
Tecumseh 8, Ardmore 1
Defending Class 4A state runner-up Tecumseh jumped on Ardmore with a five-run first and never looked back Friday.
Tecumseh hit five singles in the opening inning.
“They’ve got seven seniors and are really well coached,” Crawford said. “They do a great job at the plate and are stingy about limiting their mistakes.”
Ardmore’s lone run came via a hard ground ball in the fifth that was hit by Duff.
Moore and Sparlin each tallied one single.
“We’ve still got work to get done,” Crawford said. “The girls played well. We made some mental mistakes that we’ve got to fix.”