By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
RIDGEWAY - The Ada softball team erupted for six runs in the third inning and added four more in the sixth to run-rule county rival host Ridgemont 12-1 in non-league softball action Tuesday evening.
Lady Bulldog sophomore hurler Alexis Amburgey gave up no earned runs over six innings to gain the victory, allowing just four hits. She struck out three Golden Gophers and walked none.
"Alexis did a real nice job, she changed speeds and had them off balance," said Bulldog first-year head coach Ken Jochims. "It felt good to get my first win, but I was more happy for our kids. It was important from a team standpoint to get a win early and gain some confidence. We are very young and feeling our way."
Ada and Amburgey evened their record at 1-1 with the win. Ridgemont fell to 0-3 with the defeat.
The Bulldogs struck first with a single run in the second frame. They then built it to 7-0 with the six-run uprising in the third via a string of singles, an error and several stolen bases. Ridgemont plated its lone run in the bottom of the fourth.
Ada catcher Ashley Windle led off the top of the sixth with a double to ignite the game-clinching four-run rally.
The Bulldogs rapped out 11 hits while Ridgemont had four hits and made five errors.
Alexis Gonzaga and Trista Douce each drove in two runs with a pair of singles. "Trista had a nice game," said Jochims. "Gonzaga is seeing the ball well and hit the ball very hard four or five times."
Sam Wildman also knocked out two singles and collected one RBI. Windle added an RBI single to her double.
Amburgey aided her own cause with two singles. Katelyn Guagenti plated a run with a hit. Cozy Brodeur and Ashley Sumner each added an RBI.
"We played a lot smarter and came up with big hits, although we left some runners on base," summed up Jochims. "We caught the ball and made some tough plays. Tessa Coulson made a couple nice plays at second base.
"We made a big jump from Monday's game," he continued. "We got some confidence from the four-run seventh inning against Hardin Northern the night before. We looked better against Ridgemont."
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ada 0 1 6 0 1 4 x 12 11 2
R'mont 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 4 5
WP-Amburgey (1-1) LP-S. McFadden
Ada (1-1) plays at another non-league rival in former Northwest Conference foe Perry Wednesday. The Bulldogs then host Cory-Rawson Thursday at 5 p.m.
"We will know a lot more about ourselves after those games," said Jochims. "Perry will be a good, tough challenge."