|03/24/19 - |
The Ada High baseball team is kind of like butter. It’s on a roll.
The Cougars disposed of District 4A-3 foe Madill 7-1 in a Friday afternoon home game to improve to 7-3 on the year. Ada is 4-0 in the district, keeping pace with preseason favorites Blanchard and Plainview, which are both are also 4-0.
The Wildcats fell to 1-14 and o-6.
Ada has now won five consecutive games heading into a battle with Sulphur at 4:30 p.m. Monday back at Cougar Field.
Despite the recent success, new head coach Dino Rosato said his team is still a work in progress.
“We’re still growing as a team. We’ve got a long way to go,” Rosato said. “We’ve caught a few breaks and have played solid defense from time to time.”
Madill grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Jayson Queen led off with a single, went to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a bunt single by Case Coble and scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball to shortstop by Bret McDaniel.
Ada tied the game with a run in the bottom of the third.
Zac Carroll reached on a one-out base hit and scored all the way from first on an RBI double by Cade Sliger to knot the score at 1-1.
The Cougars finally snapped the tie and broke open the game with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth.
Bo Charboneau led off that uprising by cranking a solo home run. Carroll and Manny LaValley followed with back-to-back singles, and the Cougars loaded the bases when Sliger was hit by a pitch.
Jaycob Gray delivered a two-RBI single — still with no outs — and Braden Maloy followed with the Cougars’ fifth hit of the inning to reload the bases.
John David Muse drove in two more runs with another Ada base hit that made it 6-1.
Ada tacked on one final run in the bottom of the sixth when Sliger walked and later scored on an RBI double by Gray.
The Cougars collected 11 hits in the game. Carroll, LaValley, Gray and Maloy all had two hits apiece. Carroll and Sliger both scored two runs, and Gray collected three RBIs.
Carroll (4-1) pitched six strong innings for the Cougars. He struck out five, walked two and allowed just the one earned run. Freshman reliever Hunter Condon struck out the side in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Madill managed just five total hits.
“Zac really stepped up today and had a good performance on the mound, and Condo (Condon) came in and shut the door,” Rosato said.
Condon has recorded 23 strikeouts and only walked three in 15.1 innings so far this spring.
“He throws strikes. That’s the key. Get ahead of the batters, stay down in the zone and let your defense play, and he does a good job at that,” Rosato said.
Ethan Nixon pitched four solid innings for Madill in defeat before running into trouble in the fifth. He finished with one strikeout and three walks, but all seven of the AHS runs he surrendered were earned.
The Cougars didn’t commit an error in the contest.
Rosato feels like Ada’s best baseball is yet to come.
“We started off slow. We let two games get away from us. If we make the fundamental plays ... there’s two more wins on the board,” he said. “Our young guys are stepping into roles, and they’re developing and growing. This is a whole new system, and I’m proud of them for that.”