ADA — The eight-ranked Ada Cougars blasted overmatched Tulsa Central 16-0 in a five-inning run-rule during the first round of the Class 5A Regional Tournament Wednesday at Cougar Field.

The mismatch went as expected, but business should pick up today when the Cougars take on surprising Coweta in a winner’s bracket showdown. The first pitch is scheduled at 4 p.m.

“It went the way we were hoping it would. The kids responded,” Ada head coach Ronny Johns said of the first-round win. “Coweta will come ready to play and we know it’s going to be tough.”

The Tigers advanced with a 7-5 first-round upset victory over No. 10 Bixby. In a Wednesday night elimination game, the Spartans stayed alive with a 13-1 win over Tulsa Central. The Ada-Coweta loser will take on Bixby in an elimination game today with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.

The championship game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. If necessary, the title game will begin at 4 p.m.

First Round

Ada 16, Tulsa Central 0

The Braves could muster no offense against Ada pitchers Willy Gould and Quaid Johns, who combined for a five-inning no-hitter. Tulsa Central put the ball in play just six times in the contest and didn’t hit a ball out of the infield.

Gould struck out three during the first three innings and Johns — logging his first varsity innings of the 2006 spring season — fanned four in two innings and got Tulsa Central’s Ricky Johnson to hit into a 6-4-3 double play for the other two outs.

“That was the first varsity innings Quaid has had this season. But he’s been throwing well of late in JV games and bullpen sessions. It was good to get him some innings,” Ada’s veteran head coach said.

Ada (20-12) recorded just six hits in the game but didn’t need many more thanks to four Tulsa Central errors, eight walks and five hit batters by three different Braves pitchers.

“I was a little disappointed with our offense. I didn’t think we had a whole lot of good at-bats today. I thought we got a little overanxious and swung at some bad pitches,” Johns said.

Ada quickly took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Josh Balch led off the game with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Philip Tweedy. Chase Sanders later walked, stole second, went to third on another wild pitch and scored when Tulsa Central’s pitcher missed a return throw by catcher Brad Dyer.

Ada added five more runs in both the second and third frames. The Cougars only hit of the second inning was an RBI double by Clint Bowker. During Ada’s big third inning, Sanders had a two-run single and Balch added a sacrifice fly.

The hosts added two more runs in the fourth when Balch was beaned with the bases full and pinch hitter Bart Estes drove in a run via a groundout.

Spencer Penrod smashed an RBI double in his only trip to the plate in the top of the fifth and Robert Simpson — another Ada reserve — pushed across the Cougars’ final run with a groundout.

Chad Palmer finished 2-for-2 and scored three times for Ada, while five other AHS hitters scored two runs each. In all, 17 different Ada players saw action in the lopsided affair.

“It was nice to get some other guys some playoff experience which is always important,” Johns said.


Cougar Notes: Ada defeated Coweta 19-0 when the two teams went head-to-head at the Bixby Tournament earlier this spring ... The 2006 Ada High baseball banquet is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at the Central Church of Christ Family Life Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 7-12. Children 6 and under eat free. For more information, phone Lin Sanders at (580) 332-5987.

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