Gossard powers Ada softball past Lancers
Friday, April 21, 2017 11:08 AM
ADA — Junior Maddie Gossard smacked a pair of two-run homers to lead the Ada softball team to a 5-2 victory over visiting Lincolnview Thursday in a Northwest Conference game at the village park.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 10-2 and 1-2 in the NWC with the win, while the Lady Lancers fell to 5-7 and 1-3 in league play.
"We finally got off the NWC schneid, got the monkey off our back," said pleased Ada head coach Troy Erickson. "We got contributions from our slappers and our power hitters.
"Kaiti (Newland) did a good job in the circle, she only gave up a couple walks. The girls finally got rewarded in the NWC for all their hard work, and I am proud of them."
The Lady Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first frame and never trailed. Newland walked and Gossard hammered a two-out homer over the fence in left-center field.
In the second, outfielder Teara Coulson singled and stole second. Raina England sacrificed her to third, and Alexis Ennis drove in the third run with a hit.
In the Ada third Sydney Newland singled and Gossard followed with another circuit blast, this time to straightaway center field, to provide a 5-0 bulge.
Neither team scored in the fourth, and then the Lancers got on the scoreboard in the fifth. With one out, shortstop Olivia Alexander made a fine diving stab to her right deep in the hole on a grounder off the bat of McKenzie Davis.
But Davis narrowly beat out her throw to first for an infield hit.
"That was a nice diving stop," noted Erickson. "Maddie also made two very good plays at third base."
An unassisted ground-out to first sacker Taryn Fullom advanced the runner to second. Trinity Brown then blooped a single to right-center field to plate the first Lancer run. Newland then got out of the fifth by inducing Carly Wendel to ground out.
In the Ada fifth, Gossard lined a two-out single to center field but was stranded.
In the Lancer sixth, Lakin Brant lifted a single just over Fullom's head near the right field line. But Brant mistakenly rounded the bag and was tagged out on the over-run before she could return to first.
Newland then retired the side on a pop-out to Fullom, and a strikeout.
Bulldog junior Coulson beat out a fine bunt between the pitcher and third to lead off the Ada sixth. England followed with another good bunt single, this time up the first base line.
But Coulson was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play, while England moved up to second. After a strikeout, Ennis beat out an infield single to shortstop Brant.
Ennis stole second to put two runners in scoring position, but the threat ended on a strikeout.
Leading off the Lancer seventh, Morgan Miller deposited a solo home run over the fence in left-center field to cut the Ada lead to 5-2.
Lana Carey walked, followed by a pop-out to Gossard at third. Kayla Schroeder lined a single to center to bring the tying run to the plate.
Yet Newland whiffed Brown on a fine change-up for the second out. "That was a nice change," agreed Erickson.
Wendel then hit a grounder back to the Ada southpaw hurler, and she threw on to Fullom to end the Lancer threat and the game.
Gossard drove in four runs with two homers and a single, scoring twice. Ennis collected three singles, a steal and one RBI.
Coulson compiled two hits and scored a run. Syd Newland amassed one hit and one run scored. Alexander and England each added a single.
Kaiti Newland scored once and walked one time, and added a stolen base. Ada out-hit the Lancer girls, 11-6.
Kaiti Newland improved to 5-0 with a complete-game six-hitter. She struck out five and walked two while giving up two earned runs.
Erickson added that, to his knowledge, Gossard's power outburst was the only Bulldog two-homer game in program history.
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WP-K. Newland (5-0)
HR-M. Gossard 2 (A), Miller (L)
Ada hosts Arlington in a non-league game Friday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs won at the Red Devils 11-2 on April 8 with the aid of an eight-run seventh inning.
The Bulldogs then entertain BVC foe Van Buren in a doubleheader Saturday scheduled to start at 11 a.m.