|03/19/19 - |
Hits weren’t easy to come by during the Ada High baseball team’s battle with archrival McAlester Friday evening at Cougar Field. Senior Ryan Hagar came up with two at just the right time.
Hagar’s single from his nine-hole spot in the bottom of the fifth inning helped set up the first score of the game, and he added a clutch two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to help Ada shut out the Buffaloes 4-0.
The Cougars improved to 3-3 on the year, while McAlester lost its third consecutive contest to fall to 2-4.
“It was a grinder game. They persevered and had to weather some early storms,” said Ada head coach Dino Rosato. “We made some plays and responded well. I’m proud of them.”
Both teams had opportunities to score runs. McAlester stranded eight base runners, and the Cougars left seven on the bags.
John Boone walked to start things off for Ada in the bottom of the fifth. Hagar then followed with a base hit to put two runners on with no outs.
Bo Charboneau hit a grounder to McAlester second baseman Jaden Bryce, who flipped the ball to shortstop Gage Dollins who forced Hagar out. But Dollins, overthrew first base trying to complete a double play, and Boone scored on the error to break the scoreless tie and put Ada on top 1-0.
Boone walked twice and scored two runs for the hosts.
Hagar’s two-RBI single was part of a three-run Ada volley in the bottom of the sixth that helped put the contest out of reach. McAlester committed three of its six total errors in the frame.
“We manufactured that one run (in the sixth) and then capitalized on some of their mistakes,” Rosato said. “Ryan really came up big. He’s really worked hard this year to get ready for baseball.”
The Cougars had a golden opportunity to score in the bottom of the first. Charboneau led off with a double, and Zac Carroll was hit by a pitch with one out. But McAlester ace Robbie Waldron recorded back-to-back strikeouts to get out of that jam. He went on to strike out five consecutive Ada batters. He suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run. Waldron finished with eight Ks and four walks.
Ada freshman Hunter Condon earned the victory with another strong relief performance. He struck out four with no walks in 3.2 shutout innings. Senior Tovan Thomsen was solid in his start for the Cougars. He struck out six, walked five and didn’t allow a run in 3.1 innings.
McAlester managed just two hits in the game, and Ada ended with four.