Key mistakes and a little bad luck were a recipe for disaster for the Ada Cougars in their first pool play contest against Shawnee Wednesday at the Bill Tipton VII Tournament.
Ada errors led to five unearned runs over the first two innings to help the Wolves to a 6-2 lead, and Shawnee (No. 7 in Class 5A) went on to a run-rule 11-3 victory. The loss dropped the Cougars to 10-14 on the season heading into today’s 1:30 p.m. showdown with 5A No. 9 Bishop McGuinness.
After Shawnee took an early lead with two unearned runs in the top of the first, Ada answered with a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Easton Pingleton plated Jordan Boone (who had been hit by a pitch leading off) with a single. Pingleton stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a passed ball.
Shawnee took the lead for good with four runs -- three unearned with the help of Ada’s second error -- in the top of the second, and the Cougars missed a chance for big rally of their own in the bottom of that inning. But with the bases loaded and nobody out, Jackson Boone hit a liner to third base that was dropped and then turned into a double play that killed the threat.
“We didn’t catch a break all game, but at the same time we didn’t help ourselves out, either,” Ada coach Ronny Johns said.
The Wolves broke the game open with another four-run rally in the third, and they added a run in the top of the fifth to offset an Ada run in the bottom of that inning and end the game on the run rule. Cale Russell, who, along with losing pitcher Caleb Balch, had two of Ada’s six hits, drove in the Cougars’ final run with a double.
Logan Russell went the distance for Shawnee, which got two hits and three RBIs from Bailey Brown and three hits and two runs scored from Cooper Ansell to key an eight-hit attack.
“It’s kind of the same ole thing -- we have to make plays when we have a chance to make them, we can’t put guys on by walking them or hitting them, and we have to swing the bats better,” Johns said. “On top of that, we also had some bad luck.”