Ada wins two tight games to open 2024 season

Mar. 5—The Ada High School baseball team probably gave head coach Shane Coker a few more gray hairs after back-to-back one-run victories to start the season.

Ada edged Allen 3-2 in the opener before holding off Sulphur 6-5 in Game 2 of a Friday festival at Cougar Field.

The Cougars (2-0) hosted Bethany on Monday and traveled to Bethany at 5 p.m. today to open their District 4A-1 schedule.

The Mustangs are back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at Hartshorne.

Game 1

Ada 3, Allen 2

The game was tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning when JD Dugan sped down the line and reached on an infield single. Hunter McDonald sacrificed Dugan to second for the first out of the inning.

With two outs, Dugan took off and stole third and raced home on an Allen error to give the Cougars the thrilling victory.

Dugan scored Ada's first run of the game. He was hit by a pitch to lead things off in the bottom of the first inning. Cade Stick followed with a one-out walk. Dugan then sped home when Will Johnson reached on an Allen miscue to put Ada on top 1-0.

The Mustangs answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning.

Curt Carlos led off with an infield hit and then back-to-back Cougar errors led to the first Allen run of the game. Garrett Nix then cracked a two-out, RBI double that put the visitors on top 2-1.

The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the third frame when Hunter McDonald reached on an infield hit and later scored on an error.

Ada finished with six hits in the contest with Elvis Edwards leading the way. He finished 2-for-3 with a double and provided the highlight of the game when he tried to leap over Allen catcher Emmett Koonce to steal home in the bottom of the second inning.

Allen collected seven total hits, including two from both Carlos and Jack Todd.

Chalin Robertson earned the mound victory for Ada with a solid complete-game effort. He struck out seven, didn't walk a batter and didn't surrender an earned run in seven innings.

The Cougars faced a familiar face on the mound for Allen. Jagger Caldwell, who played for Ada last spring and was a co-op wrestler for the AHS wrestling team this year, was strong in defeat for the Mustangs. He struck out eight, walked two and didn't allow an earned run in 6.2 innings of work.

Game 2

Ada 6, Sulphur 5

The Cougars had to overcome seven errors and turn back a seventh-inning rally by the Bulldogs.

Ada held a 6-3 lead heading to the top of the seventh inning.

Bridge Barrett drew a one-out walk to get Sulphur's comeback bid started and went to second on an error. Briar Davenport reached on a dropped third strike and Barrett raced home on another AHS miscue to get Sulphur within 6-4.

Drake Wood walked to put runners and first and second and Kaden Seitz reached on an error to load the bases.

Sulphur scored another run on a groundout before Ada pitcher JD Dugan finally slammed the door on the SHS uprising.

Ada finished with six hits by six different players. Cade Stick finished 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored for the Cougars. Seth Flinn went 1-for-2 and knocked in a pair of runs and Will Johnson and Chalin Robertson both had RBIs.

Eathin Kennedy led a six-hit Sulphur offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Barrett went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored for the Bulldogs.

Dugan pitched 3.2 innings to earn the mound win for Ada. He struck out five, walked three and allowed no earned runs. Reid Samson pitched 3.1 innings with three strikeouts, one walk and no earned runs.