Ada — While a questionable call or two certainly didn’t dictate the outcome of Ada’s 10-7 loss to Seminole on Senior Night Tuesday at Cougar Field, one could make a valid argument that it certainly changed the momentum of the game.
With Seminole leading 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third, Ada’s first three batters of the inning — Scott Johnson, Walker Whitworth and Micah Simmer all hit singles that forced in the first Cougar run of the game. After a sacrifice bunt by Reid Kinder left runners at second and third, Colten Blankenship was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Garrett Beam ripped a double to right-center field that drove in two runs and tied the game at 4-4.
Gabe Simons then came to the plate for Ada and hit a ball just over the third base bag that Seminole’s Doc Harvey fielded and tried to tag courtesy runner Tristan Doffin. At some point during the play, umpires ruled that Simon’s hit was a foul ball. After a run was taken off the board and Ada’s runners were sent back to second and third, Simons hit a fly ball to right field that appeared to result in a sacrifice fly that again scored Blankenship from third. But it was ruled that Doffin left second base before tagging up, resulting in an inning-ending double play. Again, a run was taken off the scoreboard.
Simons was again the victim of bad luck in the bottom of the seventh. He lined a one-out triple over the first base bag with the top of the Ada batting order coming up. But after a lengthy discussion between Seminole coach Shawn Snyder, the umpire reversed the call and another Simons’ big hit turned into a foul ball.
Cal Howard, the fourth Seminole pitcher, then retired the side to earn the save.