The Ada High softball team missed out on its first win of the season thanks to a number of missed opportunities.
Ada managed to get seven runners in scoring position, but could only get one across home plate in a tough 2-1 loss to host Roff Thursday night.
Roff is off to a 3-0 start after starting the season with a 19-5 win over Wapanucka and a 5-1 victory over Paoli. The Lady Tigers hosted Tupelo on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars fell to 0-4 heading into a Friday contest at Stratford.
“We had plenty of opportunities and shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times,” said new Ada head coach Taylor Canida-Henry.
Ada’s biggest opportunity came in the top of the first inning when the Lady Cougars loaded the bases with one out via two walks and a hit batter. Roff head coach Jason Trimmer then elected to make a pitching change and reliever Maggie Sawyers got the Lady Tigers out of that jam with back-to-back ground ball outs.
In the bottom of the first, Kaylea Ensey reached on an infield single, stole second and raced home on an RBI hit by MaKenzi Darnell to put Roff on top 1-0.
Roff’s final run came in the top of the third inning when Payton Owens singled to right field, advanced to second on a passed ball and came home on another run-scoring hit by Darnell.
Ada didn’t make an error in the game and pitcher Alyssa Colungo and the Lady Cougar defense shut down the Roff offense over the final three innings.
“Defensively they were great and made some great plays,” Canida-Henry said.
The Lady Cougars got a runner at second in the fourth inning, and Amaya Frizell cracked a two-out triple in the fifth inning but couldn’t push a run across.
Ada finally spoiled the shutout in the top of the sixth inning when Ashlee Bottoms delivered a clutch, two-out RBI single that scored Maddie Wilson, who had reached on a fielder’s choice. Daryn Allison had a base hit to lead off the inning and get Ada started.
Frizell drew a two-out walk in the seventh inning before Roff sealed the victory.
The Lady Tigers also played well defensively with just one error. Third baseman Elissa Bettes was in on a number of nice plays by the home team.
“We played rock solid defense. Elissa made an absolute hand over there, and what a lot of people might not have noticed is how good a job our first baseman (MacKenzie Parnell) did in that game — coming up the line and grabbing a lot of balls that would have been tough plays for a lot of first basemen,” Trimmer said.
Colungo, Dixie Redman and Torri Bray also had hits for Ada.
Darnell, Ensey and Camden Simon all had two hits apiece in an eight-hit Roff attack.
• Welcome back: Canida-Henry was making her first trip back to Roff as the “enemy.” Canida-Henry is a former All-State pitcher for the Lady Tigers. The school welcomed Canida-Henry back with a tribute and a photo of the Ada coach on its website.
“I was excited and pumped. It’s very weird, but it was neat,” Canida-Henry said of her return.
“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” Trimmer, also a Roff graduate, added. “I can tell her kids are engaged and ready to learn. I knew they were going to come over here and be competitive because Toe (Canida-Henry) works hard.”