|04/07/18 - |
Ada senior relief pitcher Hunter Conklin struck out Bethel’s Seth Jackson with the tying run at third base and the potential winning run at second in the seventh inning to preserve the Cougars’ tense 8-7 win over the Wildcats in Game 1 of a Thursday evening doubleheader.
There wasn’t nearly the drama in Game 2, as the Cougars scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth to bop Bethel 15-0.
The sweep improved Ada to 14-7 on the year, while Bethel left town at 8-14.
“Any time we can get two wins, it’s a good night,” said first-year head coach Austin Jarvis.
“I felt like we didn’t do a great job of shutting the door in them in Game 1 and let them back in it. We did a good job of staying poised and getting the win, but we have to get better at finishing games like that,” he added.
The Cougars were scheduled to battle host Sulphur at noon today but that contest was canceled due to the threat of inclement weather. No makeup date for the key District 4A-3 contest was announced by press time.
Ada can now focus on an important district road trip to Blanchard Tuesday night for a doubleheader with the host Lions. Blanchard sitting atop the 3A-4 standings.
Ada 8, Bethel 7
Conklin entered the game with Ada on top 8-4 with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh inning.
After striking out the first batter he faced, Jake Williams grounded out to second to push across the first Bethel run of the inning.
Conklin then hit Ben Lauck before forcing in a run by walking Bailey Raines with the bases loaded. Another run scored on a wild pitch to get Bethel within a single run, before Conklin earned the save with his second strikeout.
Ada scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to break a scoreless tie. The first tally scored on an error and Jackson McFarlane later hit an RBI double to put Ada on top 2-0.
After Terrell Dodson gave Bethel a 3-2 lead with his two-out, three RBI double in the top of the fifth, Ada answered with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Conklin’s two-run double highlighted that AHS outburst. Manny LaValley added a run-scoring hit and he later scored on an error to give the Cougars a 6-3 lead.
Bethel scored a single run in the top of the sixth to get within 6-4, but Ada again answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
Patrick Tims supplied an RBI single and LaValley was hit with the bases loaded to force in the second run and put Ada ahead 8-4. LaValley and Bo Charboneau both had two hits to pace a nine-hit Ada offense.
Cameron Egger finished with two hits and two runs scored to lead Bethel.
Although he didn’t factor into the decision, Ada starting pitcher Zac Carroll struck out five and walked three in 4.2 solid innings of work.
Ada 15, Bethel 0
Patrick Tims hit a solo home run and Jackson McFarlane went 3-for-5 from the plate, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Cougars completed the sweep.
“In the second game we were much better. We jumped on them early and never took our foot off the gas,” Jarvis said. “We hit very well and played really good defense. Overall, it was a really good night against a quality 4A Bethel team.”
Tims finished 2-for-4 from the plate and also ended up with a double, knocked in three runs and scored three times.
Teammate Hunter Conklin finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs as Ada pounded out 10 hits and was helped by six Bethel errors.
Christian Maloy and Anderson Allen were each 1-for-3 with one RBI. Maloy scored twice and drew a walk and Anderson scored once.
The Cougars jumped on the Wildcats with three first-inning runs and added a single score in the third before scoring 11 times in the fifth.
Ada picked up its first two scores off a ball hit by Ellis which led to an error as McFarlane and Maloy scored. Conklin’s RBI double to right, scored Ellis for a 3-0 Cougar advantage.
Tims’ solo-blast to left field made it 4-0 in the third frame.
Then the 11-run eruption was triggered by Tims’ RBI double to left. Conklin followed with a sacrifice fly to center and Bo Charboneau drew a bases-loaded walk to give Ada a 7-0 cushion.
McFarlane then hit a two-run single to center, plating Manny LaValley and Anderson and Maloy had a run-scoring single to left, scoring Charboneau for a 10-0 lead.
An error off a ball hit by Ellis scored McFarlane and Maloy for a 12-0 Cougar advantage. Ellis later scored on an error off a ball hit by Tims.
Allen was later plucked by a bases-loaded delivery and Tims scored when Charbonea drew a bases-juiced walk for the final tally.
Starter Christopher Carrethers got the pitching win after getting relief help from Jaycob Gray, as the two combined for the five-inning shutout.