Ada — Just when it looks liked the Ada Braves were going to let another game against Bartlesville slip away Tuesday afternoon at East Central University, they found a way to close the door instead.
After watching the Indians trim a five-run deficit to 8-7 in the top of the sixth, the local Post 72 American Legion club found a way to turn back the Indians 9-7 in the first of three games Tuesday at Tiger Field.
The Ardmore Cardinals were scheduled to meet Bartlesville (13-15) in the second contest of the day before the Braves (13-17) squared off against Ardmore in the nightcap. Results of those contests were not available at press time.
Ada 9, Bartlesville 7
As they did in a 12-1 win over Bartlesville on Monday, the Braves jumped out to a quick lead. The first five Ada batters who stepped to the plate scored for the hosts, as the Braves grabbed a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the first.
Scott Johnson, who didn’t play in either of the Braves games on Monday, and Easton Elliott both had RBI singles in Ada’s early onslaught. Woodrow Lankford drove in a run with a groundout, and Ryan Pybas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Tucker Elliott came up with a big two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the second to extend the Post 72 lead to 7-1.
After Bartlesville scratched for a run in the third, the Indians tacked on three more scores in the top of the fifth with the aid of just one hit — an infield single by Brady Sewell. The Indians took advantage of two Ada miscues and two walks to pull within 7-5.
Walker Whitworth led off the Ada half of the fifth with a sharp single up the middle and later scored when Tristan Monroe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. That insurance run put the Braves on top 8-5.