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The Ada High baseball team erased a 3-1 deficit to Holdenville in a hurry Friday afternoon at Cougar Field.
Ada scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, then ended the game via the run rule with an eight-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth in a 13-3 victory over the visiting Wolverines.
During the game-ending fourth frame, seven of the final nine batters who came to the plate got hits and one other one drew a walk. The hitting barrage was a sight for sore eyes for Ada head coach Elliott Alberson.
“We haven’t swung the bat as well in the last few games as I thought we’re capable of swinging it,” Alberson said. “We kind of got on track after once through the lineup.”
Ada, ranked No. 16 in Class 4A, improved to 11-3 on the year.
“I’m very pleased. About this time last year, it was a completely different story. This was about the time we actually really started rolling,” he said. “We’re in a much better spot this year.”
Ada led 5-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth, when Holdenville pitcher Gage Allen hit two of the first three batters he faced. The Cougars then teed off on the next Holdenville reliever, Alberto Cruces.
Walker Whitworth got things started with a line drive RBI hit to center field. Micah Simmer followed with a towering three-run homer to center that pushed the Ada lead to 9-3.
Reid Kinder and Tristan Doffin then smacked back-to-back doubles to drive in Ada's next run of the inning. Jake Boone hit a two-out, RBI double from his nine-hole spot in the order, and Dalton Wolf refused to be left out with an RBI two-bagger of his own.
Scott Johnson followed a walk to Gabe Simons with a walk-off RBI single that ended the game.
Kinder’s two-run double highlighted Ada’s four-run third inning.
Wolf finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored from the top of the Ada batting order. Whitworth went 2-for-2 and scored twice, while Kinder hit his two doubles in three at-bats.
Cannon Smith went 2-for-2 for the Wolverines.
Ada travels to local 4A rival Byng (ranked No. 5) at 4:30 p.m. Monday before heading to Purcell at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.