Ada — The Ada Braves got off to a great start during a Monday doubleheader with Bartlesville at East Central University’s Tiger Field.
But by the end of the day, the Post 72 club simply couldn’t finish what it started.
After battering the Indians 12-1 in the opener, the Braves couldn’t hang on to a late lead and settled for a split after a tough 7-5 loss in Game 2.
The Braves, who have now lost five of their last six games, were 12-17 heading into a three-way bout with Bartlesville and the Ardmore Cardinals Tuesday afternoon at ECU. Bartlesville entered that fray at 13-14.
Bartlesville 7, Ada 5
The Braves were clinging to a 5-4 lead after five innings, but an error and a dropped popup in foul territory kept the door open for Bartlesville to push across three runs and swipe the victory.
It looked like Ada reliever Parker Henderson was going to get out of the inning unscathed after recording the second out of the inning with runners at first and second. But Joe Jones was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Ada Braves coach Travis Graham called upon another reliever, Shawn Treat, to try and get his team out of the jam.
Bartlesville’s Chase Fiddler was given new life when his popup was dropped in foul territory for what would have been the third out of the inning, and his line drive single to left field pushed across two runs and put the Indians on top 6-5. Another run scored on an error and another hit batter loaded the bases before Treat struck out Skyler Frizzell to finally end the Bartlesville uprising.
“We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities. And we had some timely errors that cost us. When you have a one- or two-run ballgame ... One or two errors can change the whole attitude of the game,” Graham said. “When the bullpen comes in there, we have to be able to shut it down and not give them extra life.”