ADA — The Ada softball team banged out 13 hits to defeat visiting Leipsic 11-2 Tuesday in a non-league game at the village park.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 9-2 with the decisive win, which was originlly scheduled as a road contest but was switched due to a schedule conflict. Leipsic fell to 5-7 with the loss.

"We responded well; I challenged the girls after the loss to Bluffton the night before," said second-year Ada head coach Troy Erickson. "They did a lot of things instinctively tonight without the coaches telling them what to do, especially running the bases.




"Leipsic is a pretty athletic team, but we did a good job of putting the pressure on them. We got some extra base hits, too," he added.

The Lady Vikings plated a run in the top of the first frame to grab an early 1-0 lead. Ada tied it in the home first when Kaiti Newland doubled and came around to score.

In the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs took the lead for good. Nikki Lehsten doubled, stole a base and scored on a wild pitch.

In the Ada third Alexis Ennis singled, stole a base and also moved up on a wild pitch. Olivia Alexander singled her in and later came around to score for a 4-1 lead.

Leipsic cut into the lead with a run in the top of the fourth. Brooks singled, Heather Lammers walked and Kiera Meyer slugged a double to cut the lead to two.

Ada responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two out, Taryn Fullom started the rally with a bunt single. Ennis walked and an Alexander pop-up was dropped by the shortstop to make it 5-2.

Ennis scampered home on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 6-2.

Leipsic's Stevie Brooks got a leadoff single in the fifth, but Sydney Newland gunned her down trying to steal second. Southpaw Kaiti Newland retired the other two batters on a called third strike and a groundout to second base.

In the Bulldog fifth, Sydney Newland legged out a triple to right-center field leading off. One out later, Lehsten looped a single down the left field line to build the lead to 7-2.

In the Viking sixth, Newland recorded another called third strike whiff. Shortstop Alexander snared a pop-up to start the frame, and then made a fine running catch of a short fly in left field to end the inning.

Ada tacked on four more runs in their half of the sixth to put the contest completely out of reach. Fullom beat out a pop-up bunt that landed in front of the plate and spun away.

Ennis then reached on a fielding error by the pitcher. After a force-out grounder to shortstop, Kaiti Newland dropped a nice RBI bunt single down the third base line.

Sydney Newland followed with a run-scoring single to center. With two out Lehsten singled to left-center, and a fielding misplay in the outfield stretched the lead to 11-2.

In the top of the seventh, Meyer led off by singling to right field. Sure-handed Maddie Gossard threw the next batter out at first on a grounder to third. Samantha Brooks reached on an error to put runners on the corners.

But then when the Vikings tried to double steal, Sydney Newland cleverly fired to third base, where Gossard tagged out Meyer to complete the pick-off.

Winning pitcher Kaiti Newland then made a nice backhanded play on a grounder just wide of the circle and easily threw out Stevie Brooks to end the game.

The lefty scattered seven hits, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. She struck out three and walked three to improve to 4-0 this spring.

Sydney Newland and Lehsten each collected three hits to pace the Ada offense. Lehsten also drove in a career-best three runs and scored once while also swiping a base. Gossard added a double and two RBI.

Alexander amassed three RBI, two hits and a run. Ennis crossed the plate three times, and collected a hit as well as a walk. Kaiti Newland aided her own cause with a hit, one run, an RBI and a sacrifice bunt.


   1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R    H    E
Leip    1 0 0 1 0 0 0    2    7    4
Ada    1 1 2 2 1 4 x   11    13    2
WP-K. Newland (4-0)
2B-K. Newland (A), M. Gossard (A) Lehsten (A), Meyer (L)
3B-S. Newland (A)


Ada (0-2 NWC) hosts Lincolnview (3-4, 1-1 NWC) Thursday in a league game at 5 p.m.

"Lincolnview is solid, they have a good pitcher in Ashbaugh," said Erickson. "We will have to be ready to play."