|Lady Cougars Eliminated From Playoffs|
Jeff Cali: The host Plainview Lady Indians scored a run off an error in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge Ada 5-4 Thursday night in a District 4A-1 contest.|
The loss eliminated the Lady Cougars from playoff contention.
Ada fell to 12-19 overall and 4-6 in district play after consecutive one-run losses this week. The Lady Cougars dropped a 1-0 decision to Lone Grove on Monday in a game where the Lady Longhorns broke a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh inning.
Sulphur won the district with a 10-2 mark, Pauls Valley was next at 9-3, Plainview followed at 8-4 and Lone Grove secured the fourth and final playoff spot with a 7-5 record. Lone Grove earned a key 5-4 upset win over Pauls Valley that turned the Ada-Plainview contest into a must-win situation for the Lady Cougars.
|Lone Grove Slips Past Ada|
The Ada High softball team had scored 12 runs on 14 hits in a road win over Lone Grove last Thursday.
It looked like the Lady Cougars might pick up right where they left off when Morganne Freeman led off the bottom of the first inning Monday with a sharp single up the middle.
However, Ada shockingly didn’t get another hit the rest of the game in a puzzling 1-0 loss to Lone Grove on Pink Out Night at the Ada Softball Complex.
“For some reason, we scored 12 runs on this team three days ago and we couldn’t score any today,” said Ada head coach Pete Benes. “We did what we needed to do on defense. We pitched well, and we caught well. We just didn’t hit the ball as hard as we did a couple of days ago.”
|Cougars Prepare For District Opener|
Jeff Cali: I’m certainly no coach, but I felt the need to offer Ada head guy Wade Standley some friendly pointers in advance of his team’s trip to Southern Nazarene University to take on the Bethany Bronchos.|
It wasn’t exactly X’s and O’s strategy or starting lineup help. It was quite simple: Stay out of the path of black cats, steer clear of ladders and leave mirrors alone for the remainder of the season.
“You certainly look for guys to step up and to distribute the ball evenly and take what the defense gives us,” Standley said. “From a team perspective, we have to continue to move forward, continue to get better and continue to stay focused on the task at hand.”
|Cougs Defeat Durant|
Jeff Cali: The Ada High football team rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead and dumped Durant 35-6 in a Week 3 matchup of old rivals Friday night at Norris Field.
“I was really proud of our guys. I thought we played more of a complete game and got a lot better this week. I think that showed tonight,” said Ada head coach Wade Standley.
“Durant is a good 5A team,” he continued. “We talked to our guys about getting off to a fast start and I felt like they did that. They were ready to play, and I’m real proud of their effort.”
|Cougs Surge Past Longhorns|
Brian Johnson – Triggered by a seven-run third inning, the Ada Lady Cougars pounded out 14 total hits and rolled to a 12-3 rout of host Lone Grove on Thursday.
It was a key district win for the Lady Cougars, who improved to 12-17 overall and 4-4 in District 4A-1 play. Ada is sitting alone in fourth place, while the Lady Longhorns fell to 16-11 and 4-5, a half game behind the Lady Cougars for the final playoff spot.
The two teams will do battle again at 5 p.m. Monday at the Ada High Softball Complex.
Five Ada players had multiple hits, led by Kaity Redman’s 3-for-4 effort with one RBI and two runs scored. All three of her hits went for doubles.
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