The Ada High baseball team raced to a 9-3 lead and bolted past Purcell 14-10 on Senior Night Monday at Cougar Field.
The win over the Dragons, ranked No. 16 in Class 3A, should provide a spark for Ada heading into the playoffs.
The Cougars honored their two seniors, Jordan Carter and Angel Vazquez, in a short ceremony before the contest.
“It pays a lot of tribute to those seniors, who last year were part of that growing process,” said Ada head coach Justin Holeman. “This year it’s nice to see that pay off a little bit for them and get a win on the night we were recognizing them.”
Ada improved to 12-16 on the year, while Purcell dipped to 14-9. The Cougars head to Pauls Valley for Class 4A Bi-District play. Game times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., with an if-necessary contest set for 4 p.m. Friday.
The Dragons had won four of their past five games coming into the matchup.
“Purcell is definitely a quality opponent. I think they returned eight starters from last year,” Holeman said. “They’ve had some quality wins against some good teams. It was nice to get that win over such a good opponent.”
The Cougars took advantage of wildness, as seven different Purcell pitchers combined for 11 walks, eight hit batters and a slew of wild pitches.
Ada scored six runs in the bottom of the third to rally from a 3-2 deficit.
PHS relief pitcher Dillon Collateta hit four consecutive Ada batters in the big inning (Jarrett Ellis, Manny LaValley, Anderson Allen and Braden Maloy). Garrett Christian drew a bases-loaded walk, and Jackson McFarlane drove in a run with a single. Carter led off the inning with a base hit and later added a sacrifice fly.
The Dragons closed within 10-7 with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Ada answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth to make it 14-7.
Trel Moore ripped an RBI triple in that Ada volley, which also included three walks and a pair of passed balls.
Purcell closed the gap with three runs in the top of the seventh before Ada’s sixth pitcher, Jackson McFarlane, got Ethan Wayland to ground out with runners on first and second.
Tovan Thomsen earned the mound win for Ada, giving up a lone run in the top of the third inning. He struck out one, didn’t walk a batter and gave up two hits. Jaycob Gray was the only Ada hurler who didn’t allow a run. He pitched a scoreless fourth inning that included two hits and a strikeout.
Ada pitchers combined for seven strikeouts and nine walks.
The Cougars collected seven hits in the game, with Christian Maloy leading the way. He finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. No other Ada player had more than one hit, but Carter finished 1-for-1 with three walks, an RBI and four runs scored.
LaValley and Jarrett Ellis were both hit by pitches twice.
The Cougars couldn’t get Purcell cleanup hitter Collateta out. He went 5-for-5 with a solo home run, five RBIs and two runs scored. Brady Barrett finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Brett Webb went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, a run scored and three walks.
Holeman hopes that ending the season with back-to-back wins can provide a spark heading into the postseason.
“Maybe we can get hot and get on a roll. If pitchers come out and compete and guys swing it at the plate, it gives you a good chance to win,” he said.
Pauls Valley enters Thursday’s district doubleheader with a 12-14 record.
“It’s a pretty even matchup. It’s basically going to be whoever comes out and throws strikes and eliminates the mistakes,” Holeman said.