Bulldog boys split wild twinbill with Rams
Monday, April 17, 2017 2:25 PM
ADA — The Ada baseball team split a marathon non-league doubleheader with backyard rival USV Saturday at the local park.
The Bulldogs took the opener in walk-off fashion, then dropped a high-scoring battle in game two to run their record to 3-7.
USV led 3-0 in the opener before Ada seized the lead with a five-run third inning. The Bulldogs added two runs in the fifth to take a 7-3 lead into the sixth.
However, the Rams rallied with a five-run sixth to regain the lead. A leadoff walk and a one-out double by Peyton Dyer on the left field line started the rally, cutting the deficit to 7-4.
Ada shortstop Aaron Everhart then fielded a grounder and threw out a Ram runner at home as catcher Zach Wilson blocked the plate well.
But USV sophomore Wayne Lowery unloaded a three-run homer over the fence in left-center field to tie it, 7-7. Connor Frazier relieved Phillip Coulson on the mound for Ada.
Ram Kaden Parker walked and Kolton Keith whiffed for what appeared to be the last out. But Keith reached base when the third strike bounced and the throw to first base was dropped for a costly error that extended the inning.
J.J. Overs then ripped an RBI single to right field to give USV an 8-7 lead. Frazier then escaped more damage by retiring the next batter on a fly out to center field.
Hunter England doubled over the center fielder's head with one out in the Ada sixth. Frazier walked and a wild pitch moved England to third.
Wilson then bounced a two-strike grounder to shortstop that drove in England with the tying run to make it 8-8. Colten Shaffer nailed a long drive to right field but it was flagged down to end the inning.
An error and a walk after two were out in the Ram seventh brought the slugging Lowery to the plate. Ada intentionally walked him to load the bases.
Dustin Dunifon hit a grounder to third which England gloved and barely beat the runner to third for an unassisted force-out that ended the threat.
In the home seventh, Everhart started the winning rally by drawing a walk. Coulson sacrifice bunted him into scoring position at second base with a sacrifice.
Austin Amburgey walked and a wild pitch advanced Everhart to third. Ada senior Owen Conley then ripped a game-winning single through the hole into left-center field to plate Everhart for a 9-8 victory.
In the nightcap, Ada led 8-5 heading to the sixth inning. But the Rams exploded for 15 runs to go ahead 20-8.
The Bulldogs responded with eight runs in the home sixth to pull within 20-16. Yet USV tacked on a dozen more runs in the seventh to put away a wild 32-17 win.
The teamd combined for 49 runs and 31 hits in the marathon. Ada committed eight errors in the defeat.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USV 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 8 9 0
Ada 0 0 5 0 2 1 1 9 13 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
USV 0 2 3 0 0 15 12 32 19 1
Ada 0 3 0 3 2 8 1 17 12 8
Ada (0-1 NWC) travels to Bluffton (4-6, 0-2 NWC) Monday, April 17 for a league battle at 5 p.m.