|04/30/18 - |
The Ada High School baseball team punched its ticket to a Class 4A Regional Tournament with a pair of bi-district wins over Bethel Thursday night at Cougar Field.
The Cougars rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to surge past the Wildcats 9-4 in Game 1 before wrapping up the school’s first-ever Bi-District championship with an 8-1 win in Game 2.
The Cougars, who won just 12 games combined in the past two seasons, will head to the regional tournament with a 21-12 mark, while Bethel is done at 9-23. Ada will meet Kingfisher (22-5) in the first round of the 4A regional next Thursday at Heritage Hall. The host Chargers (25-6) and Cache round out the four-team tournament. The official bracket with game times is expected to be released early next week.
“It was a fun day. We came out and played well after facing some adversity all week. To come out and play like this was a great feeling. I’m really proud of the guys,” said first-year Ada head coach Austin Jarvis.
“We have a tough road ahead of us, but they’re all good teams at this point,” Jarvis said. “We’re excited to be going, but we’re not satisfied with just going. We’re going up there to compete.”
The Cougars got two complete-game outings from pitchers Zac Carroll and Jaycob Gray. Jarvis had a slew of relievers ready to go, but none were needed.
“We threw two guys. It worked out. We asked those guys to go deep into the game, and they took it on their shoulders and did more than we asked or expected,” he said.
Ada 9, Bethel 4
The Wildcats scored three runs on three hits and a costly Ada error in the top of the first inning.
From there, Carroll allowed only one run and two hits over the final six innings. He struck out five and worked around six walks to earn his fifth win of the spring.
The Cougars were scoreless through three innings but finally broke the ice with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hunter Conklin cracked a no-doubt-about-it home run over the right-field fence to plate the first two Ada runs and two more runs scored on a Bethel error that put the home team on top 4-3.
Carroll walked three consecutive batters with one out in the top of the fifth inning before surrendering a sacrifice fly to Gunner Smith that knotted the game at 4-4. Carroll got out of that jam with a strikeout and retired eight of the final nine batters he faced.
Ada broke the game open with four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Christian Maloy’s two-run homer was the highlight of that Ada outburst, which also included an RBI single by Jarrett Ellis and a double and a run scored by Carroll.
John Boone ripped an RBI double to the right-center field gap in the bottom of the sixth that scored Jackson McFarlane (who had singled) all the way from first base to push the AHS advantage to 9-4.
Ellis led a 10-hit Ada offense by going 2-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk and he was also hit by a pitch. Carroll, batting from the ninth spot for the Cougars, also had two hits.
Conklin went 1-for-3 with three RBIs and a walk, while McFarlane finished 1-for-2 and was also hit by a pitch.
Eight different Ada players scored at least one run.
Terrell Dodson finished 2-for-3 with a double and a walk to pace Bethel at the plate. Cameron Egger went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored and walked twice.
Ben Lauck was the losing pitcher. He struck out three, walked four and hit three batters in six innings of work for the Wildcats.
Ada 8, Bethel 1
Gray struck out three, walked just one batter and surrendered the lone, unearned run in seven strong innings of work.
Ada scored four times in the top of the second inning to grab an early lead. Jackson McFarlane belted an RBI double in the frame, while Anderson Allen and Zac Carroll hit back-to-back run-scoring singles. John Boone added a sacrifice fly that put the Cougars on top 4-0.
Bethel scored its lone run in the bottom of the second when Cameron Egger led off with a base hit, went to second on a two-out base knock by Jake Williams and scored on an Ada error to get within 4-1.
McFarlane led off the top of the fourth with a triple and scored on Boone’s RBI single. Boone would later cross the plate on a run-scoring hit by Bo Charboneau that pushed the AHS lead to 6-1.
Jarrett Ellis blasted a two-run homer in the top of the sixth to give Ada its seven-run cushion.
Eight different Ada players had at least one hit in the Cougars’ 11-hit barrage.
McFarlane finished 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and a walk and was hit by a pitch. Boone went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Christian Maloy finished 2-for-4.
Bo Charboneau went 1-for-1 with two walks and was also hit by a pitch.
Jaylon Gordon and Williams each had two hits for the Wildcats. Gordon was also tagged with the pitching loss.
Ada will travel to Marietta at 4:30 pm. Monday for a regional tuneup game with the host Indians.