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Cougars Top Durant On Military Day
04/04/19 -

The Ada High School baseball team needed three outs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game early and run-rule visiting Durant Tuesday on Military Appreciation Night at Cougar Field.

Then all of the sudden, the Lions brought the tying run to the plate in both the fifth and sixth innings.

However, the Cougars finally put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and outlasted Durant 14-9.

Ada improved to 11-7 on the spring, while Durant stumbled to 5-8. Durant is now coached by Jacob Grace, a former coach at Vanoss High School. It was the first meeting between the Cougars and the Lions since the 2015 season.

It was also Military Appreciation Night at Cougar Field. Before the game, there was a ceremony honoring local veterans in attendance. Local scout troops presented the flags, veterans Country Beard and Mike Jackson threw out the first pitches and Ada freshman Sam Charboneau played the national anthem on his electric guitar.

Durant didn’t do itself any favors, committing nine errors on the day. Ada wasn’t much better in the defensive department, with seven miscues of its own.

Leading just 10-7, Ada put together a solid sixth-inning outburst.

Pinch-hitter Hunter Condon and Ryan Hagar led off with walks from the bottom of the order, and Bo Charboneau greeted Durant relief pitcher Cade Buchanan with a two-run double off the wall that looked like it was on its way out of the ballpark when it left his bat.

Zac Carroll followed with a double that knocked it Charboneau to push the Ada advantage to 13-7.

Carroll hurried to third on a wild pitch. When Durant catcher Chat Austin threw the ball past third base, trying to nab him at third on the play, he raced home for Ada’s final run.

Durant got two runs back in the top of the seventh on an RBI hit by Holdyn Birchfield and an error, but AHS reliever Chris Carrethers got Shawn Westmoreland to fly out to right field to end the game.

Carroll led a 12-hit Ada offense, finishing 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Charboneau went 2-for-4 with two doubles, and two RBIs and scored three times.

Manny LaValley had two hits, scored two runs and picked up an RBI for the Cougars. Cade Sligher went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Dillin Brown cracked a three-RBI double in a four-run first-inning volley for Ada and finished 1-for-3 with four RBIs. Ryan Hager went 0-for-3 but scored two runs, had an RBI and walked.

John Boone walked twice and scored a run for Ada.

Westmoreland led Durant — which totaled 13 hits — with a 3-for-5 effort that included a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Chet Austin finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Birchfield went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Ada meets Bishop McGuinness at 12:30 p.m. and Harrah at 5:30 p.m. at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City as part of the Bethany/Putnam City Tournament.

The Cougars will then battle Capitol Hill at 3 p.m. and host Bethany at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Bethany High School.

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