The Ada Braves’ American Legion Post 72 baseball squad received much exposure in posting a 2-3 record during the Kansas City American Wood Bat Classic over the weekend.
Ada dropped its first game of the tournament on Wednesday, 4-2, to the third-place team, Post 226 of Kansas. Then on Thursday, the Braves downed Post 186, of the St. Louis, Mo. Area, 7-4. Ada then ripped the Independence (Mo.) Bears, 10-1, on Friday and fell to defending Missouri State American Legion champion Fike Post 499. The Braves then lost to Hays (Kan.), the defending Kansas State American Legion champion, 6-3, on Saturday.
“Overall, I thought we did a good job of scoring runs with a wooden bat,” said Ada Braves’ head coach Travis Graham. “Overall, our bullpen did really well. We came in and shut them down. For a 40-team wooden bat tournament, we got a lot of exposure. There were a lot of college and pro scouts in attendance.”
Pirates Post 226 (Kan.) 4, Ada Braves 2 - Game 1
The Braves spotted the Kansas team three early runs and couldn’t overcome them in dropping the two-run decision to last year’s third-place team from the Kansas American Legion State Tournament.
Ada managed just four hits – one each from Parker Henderson (1-for-2 with a run scored), Braden Fortner (1-for-3 with one RBI), Woodrow Lankford (1-for-3) and Walker Whitworth (1-for-4) – off the Pirates’ Dale Diedrich.
Braves’ starter Tristen Wood was tagged with the loss after lasing just 1.1 innings. Tristan Monroe was solid in relief, allowing only one earned run off two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
The Pirates compiled six hits with Chase Bauer leading the way with a 2-for-2 effort and a pair of runs scored.
Ada Braves 7, Post 186 (Mo.) 4 – Game 2
Dennis Sims surrendered no runs off just four hits in the final five innings as the Braves topped the Post 186 squad, out of the St. Louis area.
Sims struck out nine batters and walked only two in relief of starter Dalton Wolf, who worked the first two innings.
Scott Johnson, Easton Elliott and Parker Henderson each drove in a run as Ada, which finished with five hits, took advantage of eight errors from the opposition. Johnson and Elliott each went 1-for-2 and Henderson was 1-for-3. Johnson and Henderson also scored a run apiece.
Zach Lewis and Whitworth also had a hit each as Lewis scored twice while Whitworth crossed the plate once.
Ada Braves 10, Independence (Mo.) Bears 1 – Game 3
Kiyaanii Bohan went the distance from the mound and Johnson homered as Ada routed Independence (Mo.), 10-1, in five innings.
Bohan allowed the one earned run off three hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.
Johnson went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the third inning and an RBI single in the second. Whitworth was 2-for-2 with a triple and scored twice.
Also for the Braves, Lankford went 1-for-2 with a double and three runs batted in. Zach Lewis was 1-for-3 with a triple, one RBI and a run scored. Shawn Treat went 1-for-2 and scored once and Tyler Miller was 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.
Tied 1-1, Ada broke the game open with seven runs in the second inning.
Fike Post 499 (Mo.) 6, Ada Braves 5 – Game 4
A two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh came up short as the Braves dropped the one-run decision to the defending Missouri State American Legion champion.
Tucker Elliott was solid on the mound for Ada as he surrendered only two earned run s off three hits with four walks and six strikeouts in six innings, despite taking the loss.
“Tucker Elliott threw extremely well,” Graham said.
Gage Allen pitched the seventh.
Cruz Villafranco went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs for the Braves while Fortner (1-for-30 and Johnson (1-for-4) knocked in a run apiece.
Cale Benson homered for Fike.
Ada actually out-hit Fike by an 8-4 margin.
Hays (Kan.) 6, Ada Braves 3 – Game 5
Ada out-hit Hays, 8-4, but stranded nine runners in the contest.
Zach Lewis went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in and Tucker Elliott was 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI and a run scored. Johnson (1-for-4) knocked in a run and Whitworth had a double in a 1-for-3 effort.
Tristen Wood took the loss in relief of Tristan Monroe. Shawn Treat also saw mound duty for Ada.
The Braves’ next action is Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Ambassadors at Soutthern Nazarene University in Bethany.
At Kansas City American Wooden Bat Tournament
Pirates Post 226 (Kan.) 4, Ada Braves 2
Pirates 210 001 00 -4 6 2
Braves 010 010 0x -2 4 1
Dale Diedrich and Joe Grissraved. Tristen Wood, Tristan Monroe (2) and Woodrow Lankford. WP – Diedrich. LP – Wood. Bauer 2-2, 2 RS; Rheed Leake 1-2, 2 RBIs; Allek Kane 1-2; Steve Tow 1-3, 1 RS; Andrew Kennedy 1-4 (Pirates). Parker Henderson 1-2, 1 RS; Braden Fortner 1-3, 1 RBI; Lankford 1-3; Whitworth 1-4 (Braves).
Ada Braves 7, Post 186 (Mo.) 4
Post 186 130 000 0 -4 7 8
Braves 203 002 x -7 5 1
Justin Reiss, Kyle Piffle (6) and Alex Feldcamp. Dalton Wolf, Dennis Sims (3) and Cruz Villafranco. WP – Sims. LP – Reiss. Jackson Goodmiller 3-4, 1 RBI; Feldcamp 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Piffle 1-3; Nick Beyer 1-3 (Post 186). Scott Johnson 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Easton Eliott 1-2, 1 RBI; Parker Henderson 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Zach Lewis 1-4, 2 RS; Walker Whitworth 1-4 (Braves).
Ada Braves 10, Independence (Mo.) Bears 1
Bears 100 00 -1 3 3
Braves 172 0x -10 8 0
Henry and Woodward; Kiyaanii Bohan and Woodrow Lankford. WP – Bohan. LP – Henry. HR – Scott Johnson. 3B – Walker Whitworth, Zach Lewis (Braves). 2B – Tyler Miller, Woodrow Lankford (Braves). Whitworth 2-2, 2 RS; Johnson 2-3, 3 RBIs, 2 RS; Lankford 1-2, 3 RBIs; Treat 1-2, 1 RS; Lewis 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Miller 1-3, 1 RS.
Fike Post 499 (Mo.) 6, Ada Braves 5
Fike 000 103 20 -6 4 3
Barves 001 200 2x -5 8 5
Garrett Phillips, Blake Roberts (7) and Nick Mertes. Tucker Elliott, Gage Allen (7) and Cruz Villafranco. WP – Phillips. LP – T. Elliott. HR – Cale Brown (Fike). Sawyer Warren 1-, 1 RS; Nate Pecata 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Braden Younkin 1-2, 1 RS; Benson 1-3, 1 RBI (Fike). Villafranco 2-3, 2 RBIs; Parker Henderson 1-2, 1 RS; Easton Elliott 1-2; Braden Fortner 1-3, 1 RBI,; Tyler Miller 1-3, 1 RS; Scott Johnson 1-4, 1 RBI; Walker Whitworth 1-4 (Braves).
Hays (Kan.) 6, Ada Braves 3
Braves 120 000 0 -3 8 2
Hays 301 020 x -6 4 1
Tristan Monroe, Tristen Wood (2), Shawn Treat (3) and Woodrow Lankford, Cruz Villafranco (5). WP – Schumacher. LP – Wood. 2B – Walker Whitworth, Zach Lewis, Tucker Elliott (Braves). Lewis 3-4, 1 RBI; Tucker Elliott 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Tyler Miller 1-1; Whitworth 1-3; Scott Johnson 1-4, 1 RBI (Braves). Layne Downing 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 RS; Zack Legleiter 1-2, 1 RS; Connor Rule 1-3, 1 RBI, 2 RS; Jarred Haynes 1-3, 2 RBIs.