VAN BUREN - Host Van Buren rallied from a 3-0 deficit after a rain delay to record a 4-3 non-league softball win over Ada Tuesday evening.
The loss dropped the Lady Bulldog record to 12-8 while VB evened its mark at 12-12 with the close victory.
Ada led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth when rain stopped the contest. When play resumed, the Black Knights plated two runs to pull within 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, VB scored the winning run on a two-out, 0-2 blooper that landed on the foul line in shallow left field.
Ashley Sumner doubled, singled and drove in a run to pace the Bulldog offense. Quinn High collected a two-run single, and Kaylee Spangler added the other Ada hit.
The Bulldogs played without their seniors, who were on a class trip. The Knights out-hit Ada, 7-4.
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Ada 001 200 0 3 4 1
VB 000 202 x 4 7 0
WP-Miller LP-Sumner (7-3)
2B-Sumner (A), Rampe (VB)
Ada hosts Hardin Northern (9-5) in Div. IV sectional semifinal action Thursday at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs and junior hurler Alexis Amburgey out-dueled HN ace Addy Bame and the Lady Polar Bears 5-2 back on March 31 in the season-opener.
Northern edged Ada in tournament play last spring at USV.
The winner is expected to face powerhouse New Riegel (18-3) in the district semis at Kenton May 20.