By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
ADA - Visiting Kenton handed Hardin County foe Ada an 18-2 non-conference varsity softball loss on an 80-degree Wednesday evening.
The Lady Bulldogs fell to 3-10 overall with the loss while the Lady Wildcats improved to 7-8 with the five-inning victory.
"It got out of hand there at eight or nine to nothing so I went to my bench," offered Ada head coach Ken Jochims. "A lot of our problem is if we give up a run or more early, we don't have a way to stop the bleeding.
"We are not going to score a lot of runs, so if we get behind people tend to go up there and expand their strike zone, trying to do too much," he continued. "We are so young and inexperienced...we need to work the count better."
Kenton raced to a 7-0 lead after two innings, scoring two in the first frame and five more in the second, and was never threatened. They plated two more runs in the third on a pair of ringing doubles.
Ada freshman Quinn High singled in the home half of the third and later sped all the way to third on a wild pitch. But she was stranded there after a strikeout and a pop-out.
The Lady Wildcats pushed across eight runs in the fourth frame, then added one more in the top of the fifth to lead 18-0.
Ada scored its only runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tessa Coulson reached on an error by the first baseman. Left-handed hitting Kaylee Spangler drove her in with a solid single pulled into right field.
After another Wildcat error by the relief pitcher, the Bulldogs scored on another run-scoring single by Shelby Merritt. Kenton committed another miscue but settled down to record the final out as the game was stopped by the 10-run rule after five innings.
Seven of the 13 Kenton hits were doubles. Clum knocked out three two-baggers and drove in a pair of runs. Goecke knocked in four runs and doubled.
Winning pitcher Burd struck out 10, permitted no earned runs and aided her own cause with a double, single and one RBI.
Madison Pinks added the other Bulldog hit as the hosts mustered four singles.
"On the bright side Kendra (Paul) may be cleared to start getting ready to play again later this week," said Jochims of the senior three-year starter who has missed the entire season due to a pre-season foot injury.
"Maybe we can get her back by or before tournaments. Kaylee came on in relief and threw strikes. She did a nice job, and if we had fielded better the score wouldn't have been as bad."
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kenton 2 5 2 8 1 x x 18 13 2
Ada 0 0 0 0 2 x x 2 4 5
WP-Burd LP-Sumner (0-2)
2B-Clum 3 (K), Goecke (K), Burd (K), Kuhlman (K), Shepherd (K)
Ada tries to snap a seven-game losing slide Thursday when they visit
conference and state perennial power Crestview (10-6, 5-0 NWC), who is the only undefeated team left in league play after edging Spencerville 2-0 Tuesday.
The Lady Bulldogs conclude a streak of four games in four days at backyard rival Allen East (10-6, 2-3 NWC) Friday in a makeup league game. LCC beat AE 6-3 Tuesday.
Drawing for the sectionals at USV will be held this Sunday at McGuffey, with Perry and Hardin Northern expected to receive the top seeds.