ADA - The Ada softball squad plated four runs in a big sixth inning rally to knock off upset-minded Delphos Jefferson 7-4 in the Northwest Conference and home season finale for the Lady Bulldogs on a very warm Thursday evening.
The victory lifted Ada's overall record to 11-7, and they end up 1-7 in NWC play. Jefferson dropped to 1-12 overall and finished 0-8 in league action to finish last in the nine-team NWC.
Junior Tori Wyss slammed a tie-breaking three-run double to left-center field to give the Bulldogs a 7-4 edge in the bottom of the sixth, a clutch blast that provided the final margin of victory.
"Tori is really seeing the ball well, that was a big hit," said Ada head coach Ken Jochims. "That was a huge situation and she cleared the bases. But offensively other than her, we did not do that much."
The Bulldogs had carefully built a 3-0 lead heading to the fifth inning with solid defense and pitching. The game was scoreless until the home half of the third when Wyss led off with a sharp single to left field. Wyss stole second to get into scoring position.
The next batter was retired on a groundout to shortstop. But when Wyss attempted to advance to third after the out was recorded, the throw across the diamond from the first sacker sailed wide and into foul territory, allowing Wyss to scamper home with the game's first run.
In the top of the fourth, the Wildcats threatened with two singles. With runners on second and third and two out, the next batter drilled a liner to deep center field. But senior Alexis Gonzaga made a fine stab of the shot that almost got over her head to end the inning.
"That was a nice catch, but even if it had gotten past her, the girl had batted out of order and would have been out," Jochims pointed out.
In the bottom of the fourth, Ada shortstop Quinn High singled to center and stole second base. Ashley Windle tagged a long fly to left that was dropped, and High scurried home for a 2-0 lead.
Windle advanced to second on a passed ball, and Gonzaga drilled a liner to shortstop that was caught on a fine backhanded, diving effort. 
But Ashley Sumner's soft liner to the hole caromed off the diving shortstop's glove and into the outfield to drive in Windle for a 3-0 cushion.
In the top of the fifth, the Ada defense fell apart. A single to center field was followed by a dropped infield pop-up. A sacrifice bunt to first base turned into a bases loaded, none-out jam on a fielder's choice.
Another error on a spinning grounder to second base allowed two runs to score. Yet Ada avoided a bigger inning when a potential third run unwisely tried to score with none out and was cut down at the plate on a throw from Windle to pitcher Alexis Amburgey covering home.
After a ground-out to second knocked in the tying run, a long RBI double off the base of the right field wall by Branham gave the visitors a 4-3 edge.
Then after a single to center field, Gonzaga gunned down the Wildcat runner at the plate with a fine throw to Windle, who blocked home well to record the final out of the frame.
Thus in an unusual occurrence, two of the outs in the inning were recorded at home plate, or it could have been a much more damaging rally for the Wildcats.
"It could have been worse," admitted Jochims. "Tessa (Coulson) has been our best defensive player all year. Other than that inning, we played pretty well defensively."
In the top of the sixth, Sumner relieved Amburgey and retired the side in order.
In the bottom of the sixth, High blooped a single to shallow right-center to ignite the winning rally. Amburgey laid down a nice sacrifice bunt, and the first baseman dropped the throw. High sped around to score the tying run when the ball caromed away.
Windle beat out an infield single to shortstop to keep the inning going. A fielder's choice grounder to shortstop resulted in a bases-loaded, no out situation when she missed the force play and a tag at second.
Sumner then hit an infield pop-up to third that invoked the infield fly rule. But in a mix-up, the ball dropped near the bag and Amburgey scored the tie-breaking run.
Wyss then smoked the three-run double to left-center, a shot that proved to be the game-winner.
In the top of the seventh, Sumner got the first batter on a strikeout and then retired the second on a pop-out to senior first sacker Katelyn Guagenti. 
After a walk, Sumner induced a grounder to third baseman Amburgey, who field it cleanly and gunned down the runner to end the contest.
Wyss collected a double and a single, while High singled twice to pace the six-hit Ada offense. 
"We have to try and build off today to get some momentum," said Jochims. "We haven't come from behind to win all year, so that was nice. But it is disappointing to still be making mental mistakes. Hopefully, this win can give us some confidence."

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Ada plays at Pandora-Gilboa in a non-league makeup game Friday.