|09/20/18 - |
BYNG — For three innings, it was anybody’s game when Ada battled Byng Tuesday evening at Bobby Johns Field.
However, the host Lady Pirates got rolling in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring five runs and pulling away for a 10-2 win over their local rivals.
Byng improved to 16-11 on the year, while Ada fell to 10-15. The Lady Pirates have won six of their past seven games and appear to be on a roll heading into next week’s postseason play.
BHS head coach Scott Fortner said playing Latta (a 13-5 win) and Ada in the same week should be beneficial to his team down the stretch.
“I liked having Latta last night and Ada tonight,” he said. “It gives you a little playoff-like atmosphere. You have two rivals right here in the area. These are games that have a little more weight to them.”
Byng’s decisive fourth-inning volley included back-to-back RBI singles by Molly Rainey and Krosby Clinton. Sydnee Fortner, Kennedy Large and Addison McGill also had hits in the inning, which also included an Ada error.
“We did a good job last night. Tonight we were a little sluggish early, but we held our own and finally got some good pitches and did what we are capable of doing,” Fortner said. “They gave us an opportunity a time or two, and we kind of jumped on it.”
Trailing 2-1, Byng pushed across three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Fortner led off that inning with a base hit, but not before Ada mishandled a popup in foul territory on the pitch before.
Trenity Miller followed with an RBI triple, and Rainey added an RBI single. The final BHS run of the frame was scored on an RBI groundout by Kali Dennis.
Ada scored its runs in the top of the second.
Avery Brown was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Daryn Allison moved her to second via a sacrifice bunt.
Makenzi Marion delivered a two-out RBI single, and nine-hole hitter Madison Wilson cracked an RBI double to put Ada on top 2-1.
Fortner, who led off the bottom of the first with a triple, scored on an RBI base hit from Miller to give the hosts a 1-0 edge. Fortner finished 4-for-4 with three runs scored in a 15-hit Byng barrage.
Rainey, who finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs, drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Large also had three hits for the Lady Pirates, while Miller went 2-for-3 with a walk. Clinton also finished 2-for-3.
Ada leadoff hitter Dixie Redman led her team with a 2-for-3 outing. She was the only Cougar batter with more than one hit.
Following the game, Byng held a Senior Night ceremony to honor Dennis, Fortner, Rainey and manager Genesis Hill.
“It’s kind of funny. I have a daughter that’s one of those four, but those other three are just like my daughters also,” Fortner said.
“I just love them to death, and they’ve done nothing but give me everything I could ask for,” he continued. “We’ve tried to mix hard work with a little bit of fun and make softball something they’ll think about for the rest of their lives. We’ve had some success and have been really competitive. We’re going to miss them.”
Ada will close out their season tonight as they host Latta at 4:30 p.m.