Lady Cougars drop pair of one-run games

Apr. 6—KIOWA — The Ada High School softball probably couldn't have picked a worse way to get knocked out of the Kiowa Slow Pitch Tournament than back-to-back one-run losses.

Coalgate edged Ada 11-10 in a crazy back-and-forth affair before Howe slipped by the Lady Cougars by a slim 6-5 count.

Coach Jeremy Strong's team fell to 4-10 on the season and is now off for the weekend. Ada will return to action at Seminole Monday and is scheduled to host McLoud at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Coalgate 11, Ada 10

Ada scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to grab an early 5-1 lead. Coalgate responded with seven runs in the top of the second inning to build an 8-5 advantage. The fun was just beginning.

Coalgate led 9-7 after four complete innings and was clinging to an 11-8 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth and final frame.

Ada quickly loaded the bases with no outs with consecutive base hits by Abbey Strong, Rylynn Truett and Ariana Munoz to lead off the sixth. Kiki Williams grounded into a fielder's choice to force in a run and get Ada within 11-9. Brayleigh Stephens then hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Truett and trimmed the Coalgate advantage to a single run. However, the Lady Cougars stranded the potential game-tying base runner. Ada would leave a total of eight runners on base.

Ada piled up 13 total hits in the contest with Strong and Munoz coming up with three apiece. Munoz finished 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored and Strong went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Makenna Howell finished 2-for-3 with a double and scored a run and Stephens ended up 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, an RBI and a run scored for Ada.

Olivia Nelson led a 16-hit Coalgate attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Both Naveah Parker and Natalie Shaw blasted home runs for the Lady Wildcats. Shaw finished 2-for-3 with five RBIs and Parker went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Jojo Lambert, Macy Delozier and Jolie House all had two hits apiece for coach Matt Benedict's bunch and Taci Lee finished 1-for-2 with a double, a walk two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Lady Wildcats, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, advanced in the tournament with an 18-6 record.

Howe 6, Ada 5

Kylie Mundy's sacrifice fly with one out in the top of the sixth inning snapped a 5-5 tie and proved to be the difference in the game.

A double play short-circuited any hopes of an Ada rally in the bottom of the sixth inning and Gracie Dotson led off the seventh inning with a base hit for Ada but couldn't get around to score.

Both teams collected 10 hits each.

Three Ada players had two hits each. Ariana Munoz finished 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs. It was her eighth home run of the spring. Dotson went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and Kiki Williams ended up 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Rylynn Truett ended up 1-for-3 with two runs scored.

Maggie Wilson led Howe at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored. Slatey Free went 3-for-4 and scored twice and Karsyn Nye cracked a double and scored a run for the Lady Lions.