Allen East's Braden Goodwin tries to avoid a collision with Ada catcher Hunter
Waller as he scores in their 14-4 win Friday.
By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
HARROD - Host Allen East plated five runs in the fourth inning to break a tie and went on to post a 14-4 Northwest Conference baseball victory over local rival Ada Friday evening.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 2-11 overall and 0-7 in the NWC, while the Mustangs improved to 9-7 and 3-4 in league play with the win.
Ada jumped ahead with three runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman Brayden Sautter doubled and stole third base. He then scored on a single by senior Gabe Sutton.
Senior hurler Austin Cobb then singled Sutton home, and the savvy Cobb later swiped home to make it 3-0.
AE pushed across single runs in each of the first two frames,then went ahead 4-3 with a pair of scores in the bottom of the third.
The Bulldogs tied it 4-4 in the top of the fourth when Ben Neville's liner to left field fell in despite a diving effort by the Mustang outfielder, allowing Cobb to tally his second run.
But then AE broke it open in the home half of the fourth by batting around. Casey Crow walked and Ben Rodriguez crushed a double to deep left field. Crow scored on a Tyler Baker grounder to shortstop to put the blue and white in front to stay, 5-4.
Nathan Robinson scored on a sharp single through the left side hole for a 6-4 lead. An error on a Max McAdoo grounder to shortstop and a stolen base put AE runners at second and third.
Cobb struck out a Mustang for the second out, but then the defense started to falter. Erik Neeley slammed a hard grounder through third base to plate two more runs as the floodgates really began to open.
Trenton Carey singled to center field to drive in the fifth run of the decisive inning, giving AE a 9-4 lead. Cobb got a strikeout to end the frame but the damage was done.
AE hurler Neeley struck out the first two Bulldog batters in the fifth, but then beaned Lane Nitchie in the batting helmet. Fortunately the ear flap saved Nitchie and he took his base safely. However, Neeley retired the side on a grounder back to the mound.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs continued with the momentum and put the game out of reach with four more runs with the aid of some shaky Ada defense.
Two infield errors and a wild pitch made it 10-4. An infield single to second was compounded by an airborne throwing error as AE added another run. A hot smash down the third base line by McAdoo increased the lead to 12-4.
Ada manager Jason Campbell took Cobb out and replaced him with Neville as Cobb moved to shortstop and Brayden Sautter to second.
After a groundout to first baseman Mason Acheson unassisted, Neeley slapped an RBI single to center to extend the lead to 13-4. Neville then got Travis Wireman to fly out to Ada right fielder Cory Kellum to end the inning.
The Bulldogs went down without a hit in their half of the sixth. AE then ended the game by the 10-run rule a half inning early. A throwing error and an infield hit by Nathan Robinson.
Baker then cranked a double off the base off the wall in left field to drive in the 14th run and end the game by the 10-run rule.
Neeley struck out seven, walked one, allowed four runs and scattered six hits to earn the pitching victory.
McAdoo, Neeley, Stippich and Baker combined to drive in 10 of the 14 AE runs as the quartet collected nine hits. The Mustangs out-hit Ada 13-6 and committed no errors, while the Bulldogs hurt themselves with six miscues.
Senior center fielder Sutton drove in a run and scored a run for the Bulldogs.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Ada 3 0 0 1 0 0 x 4 6 6
AE 1 1 2 5 4 1 x 14 13 0
2B-Baker (AE), Sautter (A)
Ada, which has lost 10 in a row after a 2-1 start, looks to get back on the winning track when they host Spencerville (3-10, 1-4 NWC) in a league bout Monday.