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June 17, 2014

Ada Braves win tourney opener against Texas Lions 6-2

Oklahoma City — Scott Johnson collected a pair of hits and drove home four runs and Zach Lewis executed a squeeze bunt for the go-ahead run on Friday as the Ada Braves' American Legion Post 72 baseball squad upended the Dallas-based Texas Lions, 6-2, to open play in the Seventh Annual Justin Sullivan Memorial Tournament.

The Ada Braves, 5-6 on the season, were scheduled to play the Midwest Black Sox and Oklahoma Sandlot on Saturday.

"Everybody contributed. All 18 of our guys got into the game whether it was relief pitching or pinch-hitting or pinch-running. It was a team win...all hands on deck," said Ada head coach Travis Graham. "We got behind, 2-1, and got right back up and scored (twice) in our next at-bat. We showed a lot of character. I think we got better through this experience."

The Braves used six pitchers in the game as Kiyaanii Bohan got the win in relief. He faced three batters, allowed one hit and struck out one.

Johnson led Ada's six-hit attack by going 2-for-4 with four runs batted in on an RBI groundout in the first inning, RBI single in the fifth and two-run single in the sixth.

After Johnson's groundout scored Easton Elliott in the bottom of the first, the Texas Lions got on the board with their only two scores in the fifth off the Braves' first reliever Dalton Wolf.

But in the bottom half of that frame, Johnson's RBI single tied it and Lewis' squeeze-bunt scored Walker Whitworth from third base for a 3-2 Ada advantage.

The Braves' three-run sixth was highlighted by Johnson's two-run single to round out the scoring.

 

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