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May 13, 2014

Byng rallies past Ada for regional title

Byng — It was an odd day for regional high school baseball Saturday at Byng's Stokes Field with two teams showing how games are won and lost in a pair of 5-4 contests.

It started with the Ada Cougars putting on a demonstration of how to lose a baseball game. They did things like getting one hit the entire ballgame and making three times as many fielding errors as Broken Bow.

Defying logic, the Cougars then found all sorts of creative ways with Broken Bow's sloppy fielding, to grind out a scary 5-4 victory. 

The Cougars were cruising along and doing everything right in the championship game against Byng. They played it straight and had a methodical, well-executed performance to show fans how a baseball game should be won.

But of course, logic taking a backseat on this day, the Cougars lost, thanks to strong late-innings rally by the Byng Pirates, who pulled out a 5-4 come-from-behind beauty for the regional title and a spot in the state tournament.

 Byng meets Checotah at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the 4A State Tournament at Edmond's Sante Fe High School. Ada is done at 24-10.

“I'm really proud of our team,” coach Shawn Streater said. “They dug in and found a way to win. They battled hard.”

The closeness and late-inning drama did little to surprise the veteran coach.

“It seems like every time we play, it's always a great game. There's quite a bit of talent in this part of the state. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t,” Streater said.

Nobody would know that better than Ada head coach Elliot Alberson.

“The idea is to make plays and they made more than we did,” a disappointed Alberson said. “But I'm really proud of the way we played. We made some mistakes but we played hard.”

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