PURCELL — Ada recorded its second straight errorless game in an 8-0 victory over host Purcell in the first game of Saturday’s Purcell Festival, but six Cougar miscues led to four unearned runs as Bethany — ranked No. 4 in Class 3A — beat Ada, 7-4, in the second game of the day.

The split left the Cougars at 4-5 heading into Monday’s home showdown with Class 4A No. 2 Byng.

Game 1

Ada 8, Purcell 0

Junior Chad Palmer tossed a three-hitter for Ada’s second straight complete-game shutout, and catcher Alex Leach ended the game on the run rule with a two-run single to cap a six-run fifth-inning outburst

“Jared didn’t hit his spots like he usually does, but he kept battling, and we turned two double plays behind him,” Ada coach Ronny Johns said of Palmer, who improved to 1-0.

Center fielder Philip Tweedy had two of the Cougars’ five hits, and his RBI single in the fifth scored Clint Bowker, who had doubled home a run earlier in the inning.

Ada took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single by Chase Sanders to score Josh Balch, and the Cougars made it 2-0 in the second on a walk to Ty Gower, a sacrifice by Tweedy, a wild pitch and Quaid Johns’ RBI groundout to second (one of his two RBIs in the game).

Game 2

Bethany 7, Ada 4

The Cougars got a pair of doubles from sophomore starting pitcher Willy Gould (1-1) and two hits and an RBI from Ty Gower and took an early 2-1 lead before defensive lapses opened the door for a four-run fourth inning that gave Bethany the lead for good.

Ada (4-5) scored two runs in the seventh to cut a 7-2 Bethany advantage to three runs, but Gould grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

“I thought we hit the ball pretty well in the two games, even though we only got 11 hits,” Johns said. “We had a better approach at the plate and hit the ball hard.”

Ada plays host to the Byng Pirates Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Cougar Field.


A junior varsity team composed of Ada freshman and sophomore players captured the third-place trophy this weekend at the Vanoss Tournament.

After beating Calvin, 12-1, and losing to Vanoss, 8-7, on Friday, the Cougars edged Wewoka, 11-10, in eight innings Saturday to finish third in the eight-team event.

Derek Eidson got the win against Wewoka in relief and went 4-for-5 at the plate, including a two-run walkoff game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth.

Dylan Phillips struck out nine, Thad Gillum went 2-for-4, and Johnson Sutton stroked a two-run double to highlight Ada’s win over Calvin, and Vanoss scored single runs in the sixth and seventh after Ada — which had just two hits in the game — had scored four times in the top of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead.

Roberts, Clark lead Ada tracksters

ARDMORE — Sophomore Michael Roberts posted a personal best in the 400 meters and freshman Jourdan Clark placed in three events in her first competition of the season to highlight Ada’s performance at Friday’s Ardmore Invitational track meet.

Roberts lost a photo finish to defending 5A state champion Alvin Palmer of Southeast in the 400 while posting a time of :49.01, and he was also part of the Ada 400-meter relay team (with freshman Colton Richardson and fellow sophomores Chaz Daniels and Steffan Jones) that finished fourth in a time of :44.44.

“We’re really excited about the way Michael is running,” Ada track coach Mart Leming said. “He ran a personal best two weeks ago at Lone Grove (in the first meet of the season), then he did a little work over spring break and ran another personal record.”

Clark, who joined the track team after Ada’s basketball team was eliminated from the 5A state tournament, was second in the 100 meters (:13.22) and the 300-meter hurdles (:47.98) and was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (in :16.88).

“This was the first meet for Jourdan, and she ran really well,” Leming said. “She hung a trail leg on the fifth hurdles in the 100 meters and did a good job of just finishing the race. She hit the fifth hurdle in the 300 hurdles and still ran an outstanding race for her first time at the distance.

“We’re excited about her potential in both events,” he added. “We were also happy with the 100 meeters for her first meet of the year.”

In addition to Roberts and Clark, the Cougars also got a runner-up finish from Daniels in the 100 meters (in :11.31), and freshman distance runner Niku Bayetfar just missed the awards in the 800 and 1,600-meters while competing in her first meet of the year.

On the down side for the Cougars, Richardson suffered a possible hip pointer that could hamper him this spring. The injury prevented Leming from fielding a team in the 1,600-meter relay, which is arguably his squad’s best event.

Ada returns to action Saturday at a meet in Norman.