|05/05/12 - |
Regional Baseball Recap
Madill 2, Ada 1
The Cougars gift-wrapped Madill’s first run in the top of the second. Boo Escobedo went all the way to second on a one-out error, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Joe Avery’s sacrifice fly to right field to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. It looked like Ada right fielder Scott Johnson may have a chance to throw Escobedo out at the plate, but his throw was cut off.
“We made mistakes that gives them their two runs. That’s kind of the name of the game. You have to make plays when you need to and we didn’t do that today,” Burch said.
Ada tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third. Jake Boone drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on Tim Simpson’s clutch two-out base hit to left field.
The Wildcats scored what turned out to be the game-winner when Gabe Goff walked to lead off the fourth, stole second. Madill loaded the bases on Joe Avery hit and a walk to Shelby Salyer. Nine-hole hitter Hunter Chapa then hit a clutch RBI single to center but Ada outfielder Mason Girdley threw Avery out trying to score from second to help the Cougars avoid further damage.
Girdley led off the bottom of the fourth with a base hit, but was doubled up when Easton Pingleton popped up to Madill first baseman Avery, who stepped on the bag well before Ada runner could get back.
From that point on, Madill hurler Goff retired 10 of the final 11 Cougar hitters he faced (he hit Pingleton with one out in the seventh).
Cody Johnson absorbed the hard-luck loss for the Cougars, allowing just three base hits while walking two and hitting two more.
“I thought Cody threw well enough for a win,” Birch said.
Ada also managed just three hits — singles by Simpson, Cody Johnson and Girdley.
Ada 6, Broken Bow 1
Boone allowed just two hits but also had to survive seven walks. He walked the bases loaded to start the bottom of the seventh, but got Halen George to ground out back to the mound that resulted in a 1-3-2 double play. Hunter Neal then hit a ground ball to first base for the final out of the game.
Cody Johnson had an RBI hit in the bottom of the first and he came around to score on a wild pitch to give Ada a quick 2-0 lead.
Scott Johnson blasted a two-run homer in a three-run Ada third inning to push the Cougar advantage to 5-0.
Broken Bow scored it lone run in the bottom of the fourth after Neal double to lead off and raced home on a base hit by Sean Gentry. The Savages still had runners at first and second with one out at that point, but Boone got out of that jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Ada added an insurance run in the fifth when Broken Bow reliever Neal beaned Cody Johnson, who advanced to third on a Girdley double and scored (for the third time in the game) on an RBI hit by Pingleton.
Jordan Boone helped his own cause with a 2-for-4 showing while Cody Johnson also had two hits to go with his three runs scored.
Ada recorded four double plays in the contest.