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May 17, 2014

Ardmore comes up short against Charles Henderson

— MONTGOMERY — Members of the Ardmore baseball team graciously accepted the runner-up trophy from Alabama High School Athletic Association officials Friday night.

For the Tigers, it symbolized the end of a storybook season that will go down in the history books as one to remember. However, it wasn’t exactly the outcome they hoped for.

Charles Henderson from Troy swept the final two games of the series, winning 9-1 and 14-3, to defend their Class 4A title.

“Going into the game, we accomplished something that had never been done before,” Ardmore’s Kenneth Embrey said. “Going in to today, we still hadn’t accomplished anything. We had a mission. We came up a little short but you can’t feel bad about it. It’s not a huge loss, but it still hurts.”

Ardmore rebounded from their afternoon loss by opening the decisive game 2-0 on RBI singles by Hayden Durrett and Garett Miller.

The promising start was short lived.

The Trojans capitalized on a Tiger fielding error in the bottom half of the inning. Charles Henderson plated the go-ahead run and then some in the third, as they rallied for seven runs on four hits.

“We tried changing pitchers but they’re a great hitting team,” Ardmore coach Andrew Smith said. “That’s the bottom line. They hit anything we threw up there today.”

Ardmore’s only other run came with two outs in the fifth on a base hit by Cody Reed.

“Getting here was a great honor,” Smith said. “These guys worked their tails off to get here since last year. I’m proud of what they accomplished. It means a lot to the school and the community.”

In game two, it was all Trojans. They plated four runs in the first, one in the second, and three in the third to take the win.

Durrett was credited with Ardmore’s only score. It came in the sixth off a single up the middle.

“It’s been a good season,” Reed said. “It would have been a lot better to come out on top, but you have to go out and play your best every day. If you don’t bring it, it’s not going to turn out how you plan.”

Ardmore finished the season at 27-11.


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