ARDMORE — The hits just kept coming for Ada.

Just 24 hours after pounding 13 hits in an 8-5 win over Class 4A power Byng, the Cougars blasted 17 more in a decisive 12-4 road win over rival Ardmore Tuesday night.

The win improved coach Ronny Johns’ club — No. 15 in Class 5A — to 6-5 on the year while the Tigers lost for the sixth straight time, falling to 4-10.

The Cougar got a run in the top of the second on an RBI double by DH Riley Keith and made it 2-0 on a run-scoring hit by Quaid Johns.

Ada then forged a 5-0 lead with three more runs in the fourth as Alex Leach and Josh Balch hit back-to-back home runs to start the inning and Ty Gower added a sacrifice fly.

After Ardmore scored twice in the bottom of the fourth, Balch hit an RBI single in the fifth to put Ada ahead 6-2.

The Tigers closed the gap to 6-4 with a two more runs in the bottom of the fifth but Ada put the game away with four runs in the top of the sixth. Johns and Keith had RBI singles in the big inning and also scored runs on a sacrifice bunt by Chad Palmer and one of four Ardmore errors in the game.

Johns, Balch and Keith had three hits and three RBIs apiece to lead the rejuvenated Cougar offense, and Johns and Keith both drove in runs in the seventh to end the scoring. Palmer also had three hits and scored twice, and Philip Tweedy and winning pitcher Sanders added two hits apiece for the Cougars.

“Going into the year, I thought we’d score some runs and we started slow,” Johns said. “Lately we’ve been concentrating on driving the ball up the middle, and the kids have done well with that. They’ve spent extra time on hitting the past couple of weeks, and it’s really paying off for them.”

Sanders went five innings to improve to 2-2 on the season, and Clint Bowker pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

“Chase wasn’t real sharp as far as his location, but he kept battling and competed well on the mound, so I was pleased with that,” Johns said. “Clint came in and did a good job again.”

It could have been even worse for Ardmore as Ada stranded 11 baserunners in the contest.

Johns’ club travels to Bixby for the Spartan Invitational Tournament this weekend. The Cougars open up with Coweta (1:30 p.m.) and Tulsa Metro Christian (4 p.m.) on Thursday before facing Glenpool (No. 13 in Class 4A) at 11 a.m. Friday in Pool Play.

The tournament concludes Saturday with four games including a 6:30 p.m. championship contest.

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