ADA — The ninth-ranked Ada Cougars played error-free baseball and used two huge double plays to get out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve a gutsy 4-3 win over No. 1 Carl Albert Thursday evening at Cougar Field.

Ada finished its regular season with a 19-12 record while the Titans left town at 30-6.

“It was a great win. They’re the No. 1 team and the kids responded today. They played a great game. It was a fun atmosphere to have right here before the playoffs,” said Ada head coach Ronny Johns.

The Cougars will host a Class 5A Regional Tournament beginning at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field. Ada will meet Tulsa Central in the opener before No. 13 Bixby battles Coweta at 3:30 p.m.

While Ada was playing superb defense throughout the contest against Carl Albert, the Titans committed three of their four errors in the contest in the first two innings and quickly found themselves trailing 4-0.

Ada scored twice in the first. Philip Tweedy led off with a one-out single and stole second before Clint Bowker drew a walk from CAHS lefty Dustin Andrews. Chase Sanders then ripped a single to right-center that loaded the bases.

Ty Gower then hit a ground ball back to the pitcher who threw home for the second out of the inning. But catcher Chad Carman, trying to complete the double play, threw past first base, allowing a run to score and Sanders to hustle around to third.

Quaid John then delivered a clutch RBI single on a perfectly executed hit-and-run to give Ada its 2-0 lead. And it looked like it was going to be more when Chad Palmer hit a fly ball that looked destined for the right-center gap. But Vaughn made a nice sliding catch — one of several nice plays by the Carl Albert outfielder on the day — to keep at least two runs from scoring.

Then in the bottom of the second, Alex Leach walked with one out and moved to second on a single through the left side by Josh Balch.

Tweedy then grounded to third baseman Jordan Price who stepped on the bag for the second out of the inning but his attempt at a double play also went awry. His throw to first was wide, allowing Tweedy to race down to second while Balch jogged into third.

Clint Bowker then hit a ground ball that shortstop T.J. Radford muffed, allowing two more Ada runs to score to push the Cougar advantage to 4-0.

Andrews stifled the Ada offense over the final four innings, allowing just one more hit.

Palmer (5-2), Ada’s winning pitcher, breezed through his first two innings before running into trouble in the top of the third. Nine-hole hitter Robert Kizer led off with by beating out an infield hit and he went to second on a groundout by Dillon Andrews.

After CAHS star David Vaughn walked, Carman delivered an RBI single to cut the Ada lead to 4-1.

With runners standing at first and third, Palmer got himself and his team out of that tight spot by striking out the next two hitters he faced on a pair of called third strikes.

After a 1-2-3 fourth inning, Carl Albert used a two-out rally in the fifth to score its second run of the game via back-to-back-to-back singles by Vaughn, Carman and Kaleb Herren.

Dustin Andrews then walked to load the bases before Price flied out to Gower in right to end that threat.

“Chad goes out there and competes and gives it all he’s got every pitch. But he’s not the only one. All the other pitchers do to. They work really hard,” Johns said.

Ada reliever Clint Bowker then surrendered consecutive hits to Jarrett Smith and Radford to begin the sixth, but helped his own cause when he caught Kizer’s popup and quickly turned and threw to Sanders at shortstop to complete a double play.

Vaughn was still able to deliver an RBI hit later in the inning, but Bowker used a big strikeout to keep the damage to a minimum.

The Titans wouldn’t go down quietly in the seventh either.

Herren hit a dribbler to Bowker who bare-handed the ball and threw to first. But Herren was safe after a head-first dive with the infield hit.

After Dustin Andrews flied out to Gower for the first out, Price single to put runners at first and second with one out.

But the Cougars put a quick end to the game when Smith grounded to Sanders, who flipped to Palmer at second. Palmer’s throw to Quaid Johns at first completed a nifty 6-4-3 double play.

“Clint came off the mound hard and threw a strike to Chase (the double play in the sixth). And then right there in the seventh, I told them to make sure and get one and then we’ll get the other one. And they got them both,” Johns said. “We made the plays when we had to and that’s good to see.”

Ada missed a golden opportunity to score more runs in the bottom of the fifth after two walks and a double by Gower loaded the bases with two out before Andrews got Willy Gould to ground out.

After the game, Ada honored Gower, Leach, Bowker and Sanders as part of a Senior Night ceremony.