The Ada Braves American Legion baseball squad outhit the Texas Desperados Elite by a 7-3 margin but dropped a 7-3 decision Saturday.

A Randis Gray one-out, RBI double to center field and a Zach Shelton run-scoring single to center enabled Ada to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

After the Desperados Elite tied it with two in the third, the Braves took their last lead in the fifth off an RBI single to left by Aaron Dockery.

But a five-run bottom half of the fifth spelled doom for Ada.

Dockery went 2-for-3 with a double, one RBI, one run scored and a walk while teammate Rylan Reed was 2-for-4. Shelton ended up 1-for-2 with one RBI and Gray finished 1-for-3 with the double, one RBI and a run scored. Tj Grove was also 1-for-3 for the Braves.

Ada used five pitchers in the game with reliever Jeron Johnston taking the loss. The Braves’ pitching staff issued eight walks in the contest.

Keagan Cunningham, who went 1-for-1, and Brett Hedges, who finished 1-for-2, each knocked in a run for the Texas squad.

ADA BRAVES 8, BV RENEGADES FALTYSEK 6 (Friday)

The Braves secured their first victory of the weekend with a two-run decision over the BV Renegades Faltysek.

Three Ada players had two hits apiece. Reed finished 2-for-2 with a double, one RBI, three runs scored and drew a pair of walks. Shelton was 2-for-3 with a double, one run scored and a walk and Gray ended up 2-for-4 with one RBI. Grove also drove in a run and scored once in a 1-for-3 effort.

The Braves were forced to overcome a 4-0 first-inning deficit. They tallied two in the bottom half of the first, added a single score in the second and picked up four more runs in the third for 7-4 lead.

The four-run third occurred when Jarrett Ellis reached on an error and was doubled over to third by Shelton. Grove then brought home Ellis with a single to left as Shelton ended up at third. Johnston’s RBI groundout then scored Shelton for the seventh tally.

Ada picked up its eighth and final run in the fifth on Reed’s single to left which plated Johnston.

The Braves’ first two scores came when Reed, who drew a leadoff walk, ultimately scored off a wild pitch and Dockery scored when Ellis hit into a double play.

Ada’s third run came in the second inning when Johnston got on base thanks to an error and moved up to second when Creed Humphrey was hit by a pitch. Reed then singled to left, bringing home Johnston.

Gray, the starting pitcher, got the win after working four innings and allowing six hits and two walks while striking out three. Only two of the five runs he surrendered were earned. Ellis pitched the final two frames and allowed just one earned run off no hits with one walk and a strikeout.

PRO SOURCE 18U 10, ADA BRAVES 7 (Game 2, Thursday)

Ellis went 4-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored and Shelton was 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves dropped the game.

Pro Source held a 14-12 edge in total hits and overcame five errors to only one for Ada.

Grove finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored for the Braves and Reed ended up 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run scored and a walk. Teammate Kaden Carter went 1-for-1 and scored once.

Starting pitcher Chance Perry was charged with the loss while getting relief help from Carter and Carson Hart.

Sebastian Rodriguez got the pitching win for Pro Source after working the first four innings. Tyler Huneycutt and Trace Carter were each 3-for-4 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored for Pro Source.

NEXT LEVEL PROSPECTS 3, ADA BRAVES 0 (Game 1, Thursday)

The Braves were limited to four hits as the Next Level Prospects pounded out eight.

Shelton finished 2-for-3, while Johnston (1-for-3) and Reed each had a hit to account for Ada’s total.

Bryce Holland, the starting pitcher, took the loss after being relieved by Ellis in the sixth.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.