The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 30, 2013

Ardmore moves on, will host again

Tigers trying to reach semifinals first time in school history

By Jonathan Deal

ARDMORE — Ardmore was an out away from losing to Madison County Friday afternoon in a second-round playoff series. After rallying to win 5-4, Ardmore had little trouble Monday in the second game of the playoff series.

Following a three-day rain delay, the Tigers from Ardmore finished the Madison version in an 8-0 win Monday to sweep the series.

The game was resumed from Friday when it was called in the first inning due to inclement weather.

“In a way (it helped),” said Ardmore head coach Andrew Smith. “The way Friday’s game ended, it gave us some momentum. It slowed things down, too. The weekend gave us some time to rest and got us ready.”

Ardmore carried a 2-0 first inning lead into Monday’s game. The Tigers added three more runs by the third inning, another in the fourth and two more in the sixth to pull away.

Ben Hargrove wrapped up the game both on the mound and at the plate late in the game. Hargrove held Madison County scoreless and hitless for 5 2/3 innings before giving way to Garrett Miller. Hargrove raced home from second off a Hayden Durrett single in the sixth inning to give Ardmore the 8-0 win.

“We’re were going to pitch Ben no matter what,” said Smith “I told him to do what he does. When he’s on, he’s hard to stop.”

Hargrove struck out 12 batters and led the team with three hits. Ardmore advanced to the third round where they will host a playoff game for the third consecutive week.

“We’re in the right spot (in the brackets)” said Smith. “In the first few rounds, the crowd has been great. It’s helping, I think. Hopefully it will be even bigger this time.”

First pitch between Ardmore (22-7) and No. 6 Alexandria (25-11) will be at 5 p.m. Friday. If a third game is necessary, it will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday.