A 6-1 loss Wednesday night to No. 9 Durant wasn’t exactly the sendoff Ada’s four seniors had hoped for. But Lindsey Elliott, Rainee Easley, Deede Thompson and Shelbey Franz all had nice moments in their final game before the home crowd.

Ada simply continued to struggle at the plate and must get its offense turned around heading into next week’s Class 5A Regional Tournament in McAlester. This week in losses to Lone Grove, McAlester and the Lady Lions, Ada has managed to score just three runs in 20 innings.

“We just have to start swinging the bats like we know we can,” said first-year Ada head coach Scott Simpson.

Elliott started on the mound for Ada and pitched two shutout innings. She allowed one hit — a single to center by Katie Pickens, but faced the minimum number of batters after catcher Taryn Jack gunned down Pickens when she tried to steal second for the third out of the first inning.

Easley pitched an inning of relief for Ada, giving up a run in the top of the third. Ashley Baxter singled to lead off that frame and went to second and third on a wild pitch and passed ball. She nearly got out of the jam with two quick outs, but Destiny Renegar supplied a clutch two-out, RBI single to give Durant a 1-0 lead.

Easley also hit a two-out single to center in Ada’s fourth inning and after a McAlester error with Thompson at bat, the Lady Cougars were threatening with runners at the corners. But Durant starter Nicole Watkins coaxed a groundout to get out of the tight spot and left the game with four shutout innings under her belt.

Durant had come up with another timely two-out hit in the top of the fourth to push across two more runs. After two errors had kept the inning alive, Ashlyn Davenport made Ada pay with a two-RBI single.

Ada finally pushed across its lone run of the night in the bottom of the fifth when Allison Keel reached on an error and went to third on a fielder’s choice by Hanna Huling that didn’t result in an out. Huling stole second uncontested to put runners at second and third with no outs. Jack grounded out to the pitcher and Keel was caught during a rundown between third and home on the play. But she managed to beat Durant catcher Kaija Morris to home plate to manufacture the Ada run.

Shelbey Franz made one of the top defensive plays of the game in the top of the fifth, robbing Lauren Hayes of a single when she backpedaled toward the outfield grass and made a leaping catch at the last moment.

Easley and Thompson had two of Ada’s three hits in the game — the other belonging to nine-hole hitter Charlsey Foster.

Durant had nine hits in the game, all by different players. Ashley Rutherford and Hayes both had doubled over Keel’s head in center field during the Lady Lions three-run sixth inning.

Ada’s four seniors will join a host of area upper classmen at the 2008 South-Central All-Star Fast-Pitch Softball game scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sulphur High School.



ADA-DURANT BOX:Wednesday’s Game

At Ada

Durant 6, Ada 1

DURANT 001 203 0 — 6 9 2

ADA 000 010 0 — 1 3 4

Nicole Watkins, Ashley Rutherford (5) and Kaija Morris, Randi Eggenberg (5). Lindsey Elliott, Rainee Easley (3), Hanna Huling (4) and Taryn Jack. WP-Watkins. LP-Easley. 2B-Rutherford, Lauren Hayes (D). HL-Destiny Renegar 1-2, RBI, Katie Pickens 1-2, Watkins 1-2, Rutherford 1-2, Dakota Risner 1-1, Kendra Clark 1-1, Ashlyn Davenport 1-3, 2 RBIs, Ashey Baxter 1-2, Lauren Hayes 1-2 (D); Easley 1-3, Deede Thompson 1-3, Charlsey Foster 1-2 (A).