Ada recorded two quick outs to start the third inning, too. But two errors, a hit batter and a base hit by Humphers led to two more unearned runs and put the Lady Pirates on top 4-0.
Byng got a double by Abbott — who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead an eight-hit Byng offense — a two-RBI single by Tatum Hill and base hits by Sydney Fuller and Case in a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth that also included the final two Ada miscues of the game.
Ada had a chance to spoil the shutout by Benes in the bottom of the third when the Lady Cougars loaded the bases with one out thanks to singles by Brittney Lee, Stevona Gilbert and Brooklyn Cupps. But Byng recorded an out at home after a fielder’s choice before Kendal Johnson flew out to center field.
Benes scattered five hits, walked one batter and hit another in the five-inning affair. And Byng made no errors behind her.
“She’s doing well. She just turned 15 (Monday) and we’re really proud of her being able to finish that game,” Hurst said. “She’s doing a great job.”
Case was the only other player in the game with more than one hit, finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for Byng.
Both local teams will get tested by ranked foes in Thursday home games. The Lady Pirates entertain local rival Latta (No. 4 in Class 2A) while Ada is at home against Sulphur (No. 3 in Class 3A).