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May 12, 2014

Byng pulls away late in regional

Byng —    No. 12 Ada played No. 6 Byng and its ace Reid Wall to a stalemate after six innings of their epic Class 4A Regional showdown Friday night at Stokes Field.

   But things unraveled for the Pirates in the top of the seventh.

   Byng took advantage of two untimely Ada errors, two hit batters, a wild pitch and two successful squeeze bunts to score six runs in their final at-bats to turn back the Cougars 9-4.

   The Pirates slid into the regional tournament’s driver’s seat with a 26-7 record, while Ada slipped to 23-9 and needed to win three straight games to earn a berth in this week’s state tournament.

   “It was a tough one. When these two teams play, you know it’s going to be a tough game. It’s going to come down to the end, and that’s what it did,” said Byng head coach Shawn Streater.

   In earlier first-round games, Byng bested Poteau 8-2 while Ada dropped No. 15 Broken Bow 8-1.

   With Byng leading 3-2, Ada’s Walker Whitworth led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a base hit and raced down to second on a wild pitch. Reid Kinder attempted a sacrifice bunt and a throw trying to nab Whitworth at third sailed into left field, allowing a run to score easily and knot the game at 3-all.

   Ada had a chance to do further damage when Garrett Beam was hit by a pitch and Dalton Wolf was safe on catcher’s interference to load the bases. But Reid Wall notched one of his 13 strikeouts to finally end the Ada uprising.

   Beam has now been beaned a school-record 23 times, breaking the old mark of 19 set by Joe McFarlane.

   The Cougars seemed to have all the momentum heading into the final inning after tying the game before Byng pieced together its big outburst.

   “I told them if we’re going to be the type of team we want to be — good teams answer when the bell is rung. I thought we stepped up in the top of the seventh, and we answered it,” Streater said.

   Wall allowed just four hits, hit four batters and walked four more in a gutsy, complete-game outing for Byng.

   “He got in a little bit of trouble but worked his way out of it, and that’s what a good pitcher does. I’m proud of him and all the boys. Everything worked out good,” Streater said.

   Ada starter Dalton Wolf also had a solid mound outing. He walked two and struck out three while allowing just two earned runs through five innings of work.

    The Cougars were able to stay close despite eight errors in the contest.

   “I thought the kids battled hard but just didn’t play well enough defensively,” said Ada head coach Elliott Alberson. “Give Byng credit. They made more plays than we did.”

   Byng took advantage of two errors to score a run in the top of the first inning, but Ada answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

   The Cougars loaded the bases when Jake Boone was hit by a Reid Wall pitch, Scott Johnson singled and Micah Simmer took one for the team. Both runs scored on one of two Byng miscues in the contest.

   Two more Ada bobbles led to Andrew Daniel’s two-out RBI single in the top of the second that knotted the score at 2-2.

   After Wolf struck out the first two Byng hitters he faced in the third inning, Joe Nemecek pounded a double to the wall in left center field.    Andre Davis followed with a single that scored courtesy runner Levi Prater to put Byng on top 3-2. Hunter Capps doubled to put Byng runners at second and third, but Wolf got out of that predicament with a groundout.

   The Pirates would strand 13 base runners during the game, including eight in scoring position.

   Capps led Byng’s 11-hit attack, going 3-for-5, while Nemecek added two hits.

   Johnson had three of Ada’s four hits in the contest.

   Byng 8, Poteau 2

   Byng broke open a tight game with four runs in the top of the sixth, getting a two-RBI hit from Gage Wall and run-scoring singles by Nemecek and Capps.

   The game was tied at 1-1 before Byng pushed across three runs in the third on an Andre Davis two-RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Capps, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

   Byng pitchers Shawn Treat and Gage Wall combined for eight strikeouts while scattering seven Poteau hits. In fact, no Poteau player had more than one hit, and Kade McMullin had his team’s only extra base hit, a fifth-inning double.

   Reid Wall also had two hits for Byng with a double and two runs scored, while Davis and Gage Wall had two RBIs each.

Ada 8, Broken Bow 1

   Ada hurlers Osahwv Frazier and Reid Kinder combined to limit the Savages to five hits. Broken Bow scored a run in the bottom of the first on Jake Magar’s squeeze bunt but wouldn’t score again over the final six frames.

   Ada tied the game at 1-1 on Jake Boone’s bases-loaded walk in the top of the second and scored four runs in the top of the third to gain some breathing room. The Cougars took advantage of three Broken Bow errors during that volley and got an RBI single by Wolf.

   Ada scored two more in the fourth, as Johnson singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Micah Simmer reached on another Broken Bow error and scored on an RBI hit by Gabe Simons from his ninth spot in the lineup.

   Simons, Johnson and Wolf all had two hits each to pace Ada.

   Dalton Compton doubled and walked in three trips to the plate for Broken Bow.

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