|05/07/18 - |
OKLAHOMA CITY — A lot of freshmen may have been shaken or rattled after serving up a home run ball to the first batter they faced in a huge regional tournament game.
Ada freshman pitcher Zac Carroll just got mad.
Kingfisher leadoff man Zach Goodwin took the Ada freshman ace deep to start the game, but Carroll went to work after that. He limited the Yellowjackets to just five more hits the rest of the way in the Cougars’ 4-2 win Thursday afternoon at the Class 4A Regional Tournament at Heritage Hall High School’s Stadium ‘11.
“We came out ready. We had the mentality that we knew we could win. It didn’t matter what anyone else believed or thought,” said first-year head coach Austin Jarvis, who guided the Cougars to their first regional tournament victory in the past four seasons. “We came ready to play, and it showed. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The upset win sent Ada into a winner’s-bracket showdown against perennial powerhouse and host Heritage Hall.
Three different Charger pitchers combined on a five-inning no-hitter in a 13-0 Heritage Hall victory over the Cougars.
Ada, now 23-13, was scheduled to tangle with Kingfisher (26-6) again on Friday for a berth in the regional title game.
The Yellowjackets whipped Cache 19-0 in Thursday night’s late elimination game. Heritage Hall, which improved to 27-6 with the two wins, opened the tournament with a 4-1 triumph over Cache (18-17).
Ada 4, Kingfisher 2
Carroll struck out two and walked two in the gutsy complete-game outing. He needed just 95 pitches to get through the contest against a Kingfisher bunch that entered the regional on an eight-game win streak.
“Zac Carroll threw an unbelievable game on the mound in a big moment for a freshman,” Jarvis said.
Ada got a run in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded walk to Bo Charboneau to knot the score at 1-1 but left the bases full.
The Cougars scored three runs in the bottom of the third.
Jarrett Ellis led off by cracking a double to the gap in right-center field, and Kingfisher hurler Creighton Bugg then walked Hunter Conklin and Christian Maloy to load the bases with no outs.
Ada scored all three runs on back-to-back errors to grab a 4-1 lead.
“We came up big in that one inning and took advantage of some errors by them, and that’s what you have to do in games like this,” Jarvis said.
Kingfisher threatened in the top of the fifth, getting runners at the corners with two outs, before cleanup hitter Cole Daugherty lined out to Charboneau at second base to end that inning.
Goodwin hit a double to lead off the Kingfisher fifth and scored on an RBI knock by Keaton Abercrombie, but the rally attempt stopped there.
Bugg settled in for Kingfisher after the shaky start. He didn’t allow an Ada hit over the final three innings. He finished with six strikeouts and six walks, while allowing just one earned run in six innings of work.
Jackson McFarlane finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run scored for Ada.
Goodwin finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored for the Yellowjackets, while Austin Neal (2-for-3) and Logan Rutledge (2-for-2) added two hits each.
Ada sophomore Braden Maloy made a rare varsity start for the Cougars at catcher and was solid behind the plate.
“Braden Maloy did an excellent job. They’re known for their run game, and I don’t think they had a stolen base,” Jarvis said.
Heritage Hall 13, Ada 0
Ace Chandler Shapard, who entered the game at 7-0 with a 0.71 ERA, started on the hill for the home team. He struck out two and walked two, but he was replaced with one out in the bottom of the third inning after throwing 33 pitches so Heritage Hall would have him available for today’s title game.
Carson Orton walked two and recorded a strikeout to finish the third inning. He and Shapard had walked the bases loaded in the frame and had given Ada its best opportunity to score but got Hunter Conklin to pop up to the shortstop to end the Cougar threat.
Blake Adams tossed the final two innings for the Chargers. He struck out three and hit a batter.
Heritage Hall jumped on Ada right from the start, scoring three times in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI single by freshman four-hole hitter Colby Lewis and an RBI double by Landry Kyle.
The Chargers made it 6-0 with three more runs in the third before breaking the game open with a five-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-run home run from Adams.
Max Hardberger’s two-RBI triple in the fifth produced HHHS’s final runs.
Hardberger finished 2-for-4 with a pair of triples for the Chargers, while Adams went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Shapard also had two hits for the hosts.
The Cougars used three different pitchers in the game — Jackson McFarlane, Trey Havens and Deland Cobb. The trio combined for eight walks.