Twenty-seven games into the season and less than a week from the start of the playoffs, the time for moral victories should be past for the Ada Lady Cougars. But Thursday's crazy 8-7 home loss to Tecumseh had to do a little something for the confidence of Scott Simpson's young squad heading into Monday's regular-season finale at home against Ardmore and next Thursday's district tournament.
Ada (18-9) trailed 7-0 heading to the bottom of the third inning, and the visiting Lady Savages and most of the spectators had to be thinking about a run-rule victory and an early end to what, to that point, had been an uninspired showing by the Lady Cougars. But a five-run third-inning rally and two more runs in the bottom of the seventh sent the game to extra innings, and Tecumseh finally pushed across the game-winner in the top of the 10th — ironically, with the help of the first Ada error since the first.
Senior Leah Huling, who had pitched almost every inning for Ada this season but didn't start Thursday's contest, worked her way out of a couple of huge jams after relieving starter Cayden Howard to begin the third. Huling got a quick out in the 10th, but Shyanna Sigman reached on a throwing error, stole second and moved to third on a groundout.
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