BEGGS – The Ada Cougars flourished early with 11 first-inning runs while being helped by seven Morris errors in securing a 16-6 win Thursday in the first round of the Beggs Tournament.
Ada managed just seven hits but received a two-run homer from Trel Moore and a 2-for-3 effort from the plate and two runs scored by Hunter Conklin.
Jackson McFarlane, who was 1-for-1 with three walks, and Bo Charboneau, who went 1-for-3, each drove home a pair of runs, and Jerrett Ellis knocked in one off a triple while going 1-for-2 with a walk.
Starting pitcher Jaycob Gray got the win after getting relief help from Cade Sliger and John Boone. The trio limited the Eagles to five hits.
After Morris jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, the Cougars retaliated with the 11-run scoring splurge.
An error led to McFarlane scoring the first Ada run. Ellis then hit his RBI triple, scoring Jalen Graham to cut the deficit to 3-2. Ellis then scored on Patrick Tims’ fielder’s-choice groundout to tie it up. Gray later drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Cougars on top for good, 4-3.
Charboneau later singled to center, scoring Conklin, and McFarlane delivered a two-run single to make it 7-3. Another Eagle error allowed Charboneau and McFarlane to score, making it 9-3, and Moore later hit his two-run homer to create a 11-3 Ada advantage.
After the Eagles picked up a single score in the second, the Cougar lead swelled to 13-4 after Christian Maloy got on base with a walk, stole second and third and scored off Charboneau’s RBI groundout. Moore was later hit by a bases-loaded pitch to send McFarlane across the plate.
Morris picked up another single run in the top of the third before the Cougars countered with a single score in the bottom half of the frame as Conklin, who had a single earlier in the inning, scored off an error to make it 14-5.
After the Eagles scored a single run again in the fourth, McFarlane and Ellis each crossed the plate off an error on a ball hit to right field by Moore. That concluded the contest at 16-6 on the run rule.