Ada junior hurler Cort Everhart delivers a strike vs. McComb Tuesday. (Ada Herald/Cort Reynolds)
Ada junior hurler Cort Everhart delivers a strike vs. McComb Tuesday. (Ada Herald/Cort Reynolds)
ADA - Visiting McComb scored six runs in the third inning and added seven more in the sixth to post a 14-1 non-league baseball win at Ada Tuesday evening.
The defeat dropped the Bulldogs to 1-1 this spring.
Both teams tallied a run in the first frame. Senior Cory Kellum drove in the Ada score.
But the Panthers broke the game open with six runs in the top of the third to grab a 7-1 lead off Ada junior southpaw starting pitcher Steven Gray.
After two more scoreless frames, McComb tacked on seven runs in the top of the sixth against junior reliever Cort Everhart. Two errors and a stolen base made the score 8-1.
After a fly-out to left field a walk, steal and a wild pitch stretched the lead to 9-1.
Another walk and a stolen base placed Panther runners on second and third. The next batter was retired on a grounder to second base, yet a run scored to make it 10-1.
A wild pitch on ball four allowed run number 11 to come home. A hit batsman and a passed ball put the Panthers on top, 12-1.
Then, a solid two-run single stroked to center field extended the margin to 14-1.
Ada finally ended the inning when Everhart fielded a slow roller up the first base line and underhanded it to first baseman Connor English, who stretched and grabbed the toss bare-handed to barely nip the runner.
The first two Bulldog batters went down in the home half of the sixth on a strikeout and grounder to second. Freshman Gavin Boehm then looped a fly ball to shallow center field, but was robbed of a hit on a diving catch to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Kellum paced the Ada offense with a hit, a walk, a sacrifice and one run batted in.
Schroeder led McComb with three hits, three steals and three runs.
Both teams were credited with five hits, but three errors plus numerous walks helped doom the Bulldogs.

     1 2 3 4 5 6   R   H  E
McC  1 0 6 0 0 7   14  5  0
Ada  1 0 0 0 0 0   1   5  3
WP-Abbott   LP-Gray (0-1)

Ada opens Northwest Conference play Thursday at 5 p.m. against local rival Allen East.