Ada catcher Ashley Windle tries to tag a Hornet runner out at the plate.
By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
ADA - Host Ada tallied eight runs with two outs in the sixth inning to rally past stunned Cory-Rawson and post a 12-10 non-league softball victory Thursday evening.
The big comeback win upped the Ada record to 2-2, while Cory fell to 0-3 with the tough defeat.
With two out in the bottom of the sixth, C-R seemed to have the game in hand. Ada catcher Ashley Windle drew a walk to put runners on first and second. The Bulldogs beat out a fielder's choice throw from shortstop to third base on a grounder to keep the inning alive and load the bases.
What appeared to be an innocuous misplay when the Hornet fielder couldn't find the bag with her back foot to record a routine force play turned out to be a costly miscue.
Katelyn Guagenti then lifted a high fly to shallow right-center field that fell between the second baseman and the outfielders. Sam Wildman, Windle and Cozy Brodeur raced in to score and cut the deficit to 9-7.
"Katelyn had a good at bat and found a hole," said happy Bulldog coach Ken Jochims. Guagenti then bruised her knee stealing second and was replaced on the bases by Quinn High. High stole third and Tessa Coulson coaxed a walk to keep the decisive inning going.
Ashley Sumner then beat out an infield grounder to shortstop to drive in High and slice the margin to one run. Trista Douce followed with a clutch single to plate Coulson and tie it 9-9.
Alexis Amburgey was at the plate when Sumner and Jochims pulled off a daring play on the bases. After a 2-1 pitch was called for a strike, the speedy Sumner took off on a delayed steal, timed it right and beat the throw home to put Ada in front, 10-9.
"That was a huge play," said Jochims. "We actually had it on the play before, but the pitcher was watching her. We wanted to put the pressure on the defense since they were in trouble and were reeling a little bit, and it worked."
Amburgey followed with a sharp RBI single to center field that scored Douce for an 11-9 lead. Wildman then reached on an error between the second baseman and first sacker on a grounder and Amburgey came around to score the eighth and last run of the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Amburgey resumed her relief duties in the circle. She gave up a leadoff single and then C-R sacrifice bunted the runner up a base. The runner stole third and came home on an errant throw by the catcher to pull within 12-10.
But Amburgey retired the next hitter on a fly ball to left field and finished it on a grounder to shortstop High, who fired to Wildman to end the contest.
"I feel like we have a little swagger at the end of games now," said Jochims, whose team plated four runs with two outs in the final inning of their opener, albeit in a losing cause. "We feel like we can score some runs late. We did a nice job working the count; we were locked in at the plate late in the game."
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Cory struck for five runs. Two singles and a walk set up a two-run single to left field for a 2-0 Hornet lead. Ada dropped a fly ball in left field to make it 3-0, and another run scored on a sacrifice fly to Brodeur in center.
Another single to right-center drove in the next run before Sumner settled down to retire the side.
Guagenti led off the Ada half of the third with a single, but was erased on a double play when the C-R catcher caught a bunt pop-up and threw to first before the junior third sacker could get back to first.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs rallied. Douce beat out an infield grounder to shortstop. Amburgey laid down a bunt single and Douce hustled around to score on an error by the first baseman.
After an out, Alexis Gonzaga plated Amburgey with an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop. Gonzaga stole second and Windle then tomahawked a high pitch for a triple into deep center field.
Windle then hustled in to scored after the relay throw to third skipped past the third baseman, making it 5-4.
Cory responded immediately by tallying three runs on a double and multiple errors before anyone was retired in the top of the fifth. The Hornets added a single run in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-4 and Amburgey relieved Sumner to stem the tide.
Ada then went on its eight-run rampage in the home sixth with two outs to pull off the improbable comeback.
"A lot of teams might have hung their head after Gonzaga's line-out to shortstop for the second out in the sixth inning," said Jochims. "We kept battling."
Starting pitcher Sumner struck out four and gave up just two earned runs in five innings. Amburgey gave up no earned runs in two innings of relief to earn the win.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
C-R 0 0 5 0 3 1 1 10 10 4
Ada 0 0 0 4 0 8 x 12 8 5
WP-Amburgey (2-2) LP-Roth
2B-Amburgey (A), Nigh (CR), Woodward (CR), Henry (CR),Duncan (CR)
After opening the season with four games in four days, Ada is idle until they visit talented non-league foe McComb next Tuesday at 5 p.m. "That will be a tough game," warned Jochims. "We have to put seven innings together and keep playing hard."