By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
ADA - Visiting Paulding scored three early runs and held off an Ada rally to beat the Bulldogs 8-4 in a Northwest Conference baseball contest Tuesday evening.
The loss dropped Ada to 2-8 overall and 0-5 in NWC play, while the Panthers improved to 4-8 and 2-3 in league action with the win.
Two doubles and a Bulldog errors helped Paulding score three runs in the top of the first inning. The Panthers added a run in the third on a single, two walk, two stolen bases and an error that plated Treston Gonzales.
With runners on second and third and none out, Bulldog starting pitcher Austin Cobb avoided further damage by striking out the next two batters. He retired the side on a liner to center fielder Gabe Sutton.
Ada plated its first run in the bottom of the third frame. With two out, Cory Kellum drilled a stand-up double off the left field fence. Brayden Sautter drove him home with a line single to right field, but was thrown out second after the throw home was late.
Paulding increased its edge to 5-1 with a run in the fourth. But then Ada rallied for three in the bottom of the fourth frame. Hunter Waller singled in a run and Brenden Szippl then drove in two runs on a solid single to left, making it 5-4. Kellum flew out to end the inning.
In the fifth the Panthers added a run on a single, steal and an error to achieve some breathing room up 6-4. In the sixth, the visitors added two more scores with the aid of a big double and a walk.
A groundout brought home Javier Gonzales and winning pitcher Kyle Kauser singled in Quinten Vance for another run and an 8-4 advantage.
In the seventh, Cobb pitched around a line-drive double off the glove of Sutton in center to keep the margin to four runs.
Waller was hit on the arm by a pitch to open the bottom of the seventh and was pinch-run for by Ben Neville. However, Kauser retired the next three batters on a strikeout, groundout and a pop-out to finish off the victory.
Michael Bauer, Vance and Treston Gonzales combined for eight hits and five RBI to pace the Panther 11-hit offensive attack.
Ada collected seven hits and committed four errors while Paulding made only one miscue.
Kauser struck out three, walked none and scattered seven hits as he and Cobb both hurled complete games.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Pau 3 0 1 1 1 2 0 8 11 1
Ada 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 4 7 4
Ada tries to stop a seven-game slide when it plays Hardin County foe Kenton Wednesday evening. They then visit tough conference power Crestview (7-3, 4-0 NWC) Thursday and visit Allen East (7-6, 1-3 NWC) Friday in a league makeup game.