DEL CITY — The Ada Cougars didn’t beat Class 6A power Enid Friday evening at Del City during Pool Play at the Bill Tipton Classic hosted by Carl Albert. But they sure got the Plainsmen’s attention.

Enid called on ace Tyson Seng to record the final three outs of the game in the top of the seventh as the Plainsmen turned back Ada 10-8 in an exciting, see-saw affair that was up for grabs until the final out was recorded.

Enid improved to 4-0 in the Grey Pool and 14-8 overall and earned a spot in the title game. The Plainsmen had outscored three previous tournament opponents by a combined 45-7 in three run-rule victories until being pushed to the limit by the Cougars.

“We wanted to win and quite honestly we expected to win really,” Ada head coach Ronny Johns said.

The Cougars had several opportunities for more runs — leaving five baserunners in scoring position — and out-hit a powerful Enid lineup 13-10. Junior hurler Chad Palmer surrendered 10 hits but gave up only three for extra bases and struck out eight in another gutsy mound performance.

“We had chances all day. We left runners on and against good clubs you can’t do that,” Johns said. “Chad fought his heart out. Our kids played really hard and I’m really proud of them. That’s all you can ask as a coach to come out and play as hard as you can and fight. I’m having a lot of fun. It’s a lot of fun coming to the field every day with these guys.”

Ada tried to rally in the seventh as Ty Gower led off with a single off reliever (and winner) Josh Bowles (3-2). That’s when Enid head coach Scott Baugh quickly sent Seng to the hill.

After two strikeouts, Ada designated hitter Riley Keith blistered a single right back up the middle to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate. But Seng — who will play for the University of Oklahoma next spring — recorded his third strikeout of the inning to end the Ada threat. It was his first save of the season.

“We were looking forward to playing them, seeing how we stack up against a good 6A club and we’re right there,” Johns said.

The game went back and forth from the start.

Ada (15-9) got on the board first when Clint Bowker ripped a two-out double off Enid starter Tobin Moteychick and scored when Chase Sanders followed with a double of his own down the right field line.

Enid grabbed a 2-1 lead when Nick Rountree hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the second. It was his first round-tripper of the season.

The Plainsmen got three more runs in the third when Cody Passmore led off with a single and stole second. Seng — batting in the leadoff position — followed with a line drive base hit to centerfield and sped all the way around the basepaths when the ball got by Philip Tweedy and rolled all the way to the wall for Ada’s only error in the game.

Richard Burdick then beat out an infield hit that Josh Balch made a nice play on behind the third base bag and Zach Gonzalez — who finished the game 2-for-2 and improved to 6-for-8 in the tournament — ripped an RBI double to push Enid’s lead to 5-1.

Ada’s biggest inning came in the fifth. Balch led off by getting beaned in the head. After shaking off the ill effects of the pitch, he trotted down to first and Tweedy followed with a double to the right-center gap. Bowker’s single to center scored two Ada runs and then Sanders blasted a two-run homer.

Gower capped the five-run Ada outburst with a rocket home run of his own that gave Ada a 6-5 lead.

“He launched one.,” John’s said of his lefty’s long dinger. “It’s good to see him get back in the swing of things.”

Sanders has now homered in four of Ada’s last five games.

The Cougars lead didn’t last long as Enid scored four more times in the bottom of the fifth on a high, two-run homer by Austin Box and a two-run single by Bobby Cossin to go on top 9-6.

Ada got within one with its final two runs in the top of the sixth. Leach beat out an infield single and Balch followed with a base hit of his own. Bowker then drove both runners home when his sharp hit to right took a high hop over Clint Dodd’s head that resulted into a two-RBI triple.

Enid got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Seng walked, stole second and third (he is now 16-of-19 in stolen base attempts on the year) and scored on John Dillingham’s base hit.

Bowker would pace the Ada offense, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Sanders, Gower and Quaid Johns all added two hits each.

Seng and Gonzalez were the only Enid players with more than one hit.

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