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July 3, 2014

Ardmore turns back Ada Braves

Ada — Walker Whitworth and Dalton Wolf collected a pair of hits apiece, but it wasn’t enough as the Ardmore Cardinals topped the Ada Braves’ American Legion Post 72 baseball squad, 8-4, on Tuesday.

Whitworth went 2-for-4 and knocked in two runs, while Wolf was 2-for-3 and drove home one run as Ada outhit Ardmore, 9-8. The Braves stranded nine runners in the seven-inning contest.

It was the last game of a three-way matchup with the Cardinals and the Bartlesville Indians. The Braves had defeated Bartlesville 9-7 earlier that afternoon.

The Cardinals jumped on Ada with two runs each in the first and second innings, but the Braves battled back with a single run in the bottom half of the second off Whitworth’s RBI single. Ada scored twice in the fourth to pull within 4-3, as Wolf’s fielder’s choice scored Parker Henderson and Whitworth’s second run-scoring single brought home Easton Elliott.

However, Ardmore then tallied two runs in the sixth inning and added two more scores in the seventh

Elliott’s RBI single in the seventh led to the Braves’ final run to clip the deficit to four.

Ada starter Tucker Elliott pitched five innings and took the loss. He surrendered five hits and no walks while striking out three. Of the four runs he gave up, only one was earned. Dennis Sims and Shawn Treat each threw an inning. Treat registered one walk and a strikeout in the seventh.

Jarris Hamilton got the pitching win for the Cardinals, as he scattered seven hits and three walks while striking out a pair in five complete innings. 

Only two of the three runs he surrendered were earned.

Drake Harper and Hamilton each had two hits for Ardmore, as Harper went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored and Hamilton was 2-for-3 with one RBI. Cade Carter also provided an RBI double for the Cardinals.

The Braves will take the rest of the week off before heading to the 26th Annual American Legion Wood Bat Invitational that begins Monday in Blue Springs, Missouri.

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