Ada softball sweeps two from Rams
Monday, April 17, 2017 2:21 PM
ADA — The Ada softball team swept local arch-rival USV decisively Saturday in a non-league doubleheader on an unseasonably warm afternoon at the local park.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 8-1 with a pair of run-rule blowouts to extend their win streak to four. Ada took the opener 15-1 and captured the nightcap 13-3, both in five innings.
"That was the best baserunning we've had all year," said pleased Ada head coach Troy Erickson. "Our defense was solid, and Maddie (Gossard) and Kaiti (Newland) did what we needed them to do pitching."
Ada jumped in front with two runs in the first inning of game one and never trailed all day. Olivia Alexander led off with a single and stolen base. She came around to score on a Sydney
USV plated its lone run in the top of the second frame on a leadoff single, walk and wild pitch. Ada answered with five in the home second, however.
Teara Coulson started it off with a bunt that was dropped at first base, and she stole second. Alexis Ennis beat out a good bunt single and Coulson came around to score on an error.
An out later, Alexander beat out a good bunt up the first base line to drive in Ennis and make it 4-1. After a wild pitch and steal, Alexander scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kaiti Newland.
Sydney Newland beat out an infield single to second base, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Maddie Gossard kept the line moving as she ripped a single down the third base line for a 6-1 margin.
Sidney Gossard singled to right to put runners on the corners. Taryn Fullom drove in a run with another good bunt single that put Ada up 7-1 after two frames.
In the Ram third, the visitors threatened by sandwiching two walks around a pair of Gossard whiffs. But Bulldog Nikki Lehsten snared a hard liner to right field to end the threat.
In the Ada third, the hosts added two runs off reliever Miranda Webb. With two out, Alexander grounded a hard single through the middle to center field.
Kaiti Newland then launched a long drive that hit off the very top of the fence in left-center and bounced back into play for an RBI double.
She then stole third base and home in a double steal after Sydney Newland walked, extending the margin to 9-1.
In the top of the fourth, Gossard pitched around a leadoff walk to Rylee Leonard. Ada then added to its considerable lead with six more scores in the home fourth.
Sidney Gossard walked, Fullom was hit by a pitch and Coulson bunted for a single to load the bases.
"Our small ball game worked well," noted Erickson. Gossard then stole home in a daring piece of clever rundown baserunning. An infield error led to a 12th run.
Alexander pulled a line-drive sacrifice fly to right field to make it 13-1. Kaiti Newland blooped a single over second base, and Sydney reached on a first base miscue catching a throw.
Maddie Gossard walked and Sidney Gossard was hit in the foot to drive in the 14th run. Fullom smacked an RBI single to left to plate the final Ada run.
After a leadoff walk in the Ram fifth, Gossard (5-1) retired the next three Rams on grounders to finish the run-rule game, 15-1. She struck out three.
In game two, Ada scored once in the home first. Kaiti Newland walked and scored on a sharp two-out RBI single to center off the bat of Maddie Gossard.
In the second, Fullom walked and came around to score on an RBI bunt by Ennis. USV got on the scoreboard in the third. Chloe Hunsicker singled down the left field line to lead off.
She was later erased on a caught stealing at third by Syd Newland. But Haley Hunsicker walked, stole second and two more walks loaded the bases.
Hunsicker scored on a passed ball to cut it to 2-1. But shortstop Alexander fielded a grounder and made the unassisted force-out at second to end the threat.
Alexander led off the Ada third with a bunt single. A walk and wild pitch advaanced both runners to scoring position. Sydney Newland grounded out to first base to drive in Alexander.
A wild pitch plated Newland, and Maddie Gossard lined a single to center. An RBI grounder by Sidney Gossard made it 5-1 heading to the fourth.
Kaiti Newland retired USV in order in the top of the fourth. Lehsten then laced a two-out double to left-center, stole third and scored on an error. Kaiti Newland plated Alexander with a run-scoring single to left for a 7-1 bulge.
In the Ram fifth, they scored twice on three walks and a pair of wild pitches. Sidney Gossard snagged a hard liner to second base that ended the frame, keeping the lead at 7-3.
In the home fifth, Maddie Gossard reached on an infield error. Sidney Gossard singled to center and a run scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-3. Fullom drove in another run with a single to center.
Ennis legged out a swinging bunt, and Lehsten reached on a fielder's choice. Alexander plated a run with a groundout to second for a 10-3 cushion.
Kaiti Newland lifted a long fly ball to center that was dropped to bring in two more runs. Sydney Newland singled and another Ram misplay built the lead to 10 to end it on the run-rule, 13-3.
Southpaw hurler Kaiti Newland improved to 3-0 with a complete-game win, fanning three.
Ada banged out 22 hits in the sweep and played error-less defense.
"The week started out rough (with the loss at Allen East), but ended up well with four straight wins," said Erickson.
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
USV 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 5
Ada 2 5 2 6 x 15 12 0
WP-M. Gossard (5-1)
2B-K. Newland (A), S. Newland (A)
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
USV 0 0 1 0 2 3 2 5
Ada 1 1 3 2 6 13 10 0
WP-K. Newland (3-0)
Ada (0-1 NWC) visits rival Bluffton (6-2, 0-2 NWC) Monday at 5 p.m. in a key league contest. The Pirates lost to Allen East 11-1 last week after AE beat Ada 10-0.
"This sweep is a good tune-up for Bluffton," said Erickson. "That is a big game, a rivalry game, and the girls get up for Bluffton. Our last 16 games now are a meat grinder.
"But to be 8-1 right now is pretty good."