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April 2, 2013

Latta overcomes Ada, wins catfight

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Ardmore —

Ada’s Micah Simmer led off the top of the fourth with a double. With two out,s Easton Pingleton ripped an RBI triple to right center to tie the game  2-2.

Johnson singled in the bottom of the fourth, and Tully moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Mills was walked, and Storts was hit by a pitch for the second time to load the bases. Hayes was then walked, forcing in a run and giving Latta a 3-2 lead. Bryce Harris then hit a two-RBI single, and Zac Dansby followed an RBI double to push the LHS advantage to 6-2.

The Latta lead did not last for long. Scott Johnson led off Ada’s half of the fifth with a single, Mason Girdley ripped an RBI double and Kinder and Simmer both singled to start a Cougar uprising. These hits, combined with three Latta errors, allowed Ada to push across four runs to tie the game at 6-all.

Both teams had the chance to end the game well before the ninth.

Latta was able to get their leadoff batter on in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. They had runners in scoring position but were unable to tally a run in both the seventh and eighth innings. Ada had runners on third base in both the eighth and the ninth innings but could not capitalize. Mills entered the game in relief in the top of the fifth inning to record the win on the mound. Tim Simpson pitched four strong innings in relief for the Cougars. 

Mills was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, including the game winner. Kade Hayes was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Johnson went 2-for-4, and Harris — who caught a complete game for the first time since recovering from shoulder surgery —finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

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