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Ada, Byng drop close 4A-1 contests

Mar. 21—Somebody get Ada head baseball coach Shane Coker a rabbit's foot.

Coker's Cougars dropped another tough one on Tuesday — this time a 2-1 home loss to McLoud in a District 4A-1 matchup. Ada fell to 2-8 on the spring and is in the midst of an eight-game losing skid. During that streak, five of those setbacks have come by four runs or less and three were one-run losses.

The Byng Pirates suffered a tough 4A-1 loss Tuesday night too. Host Bethany edged Byng 3-2. Coach Shawn Streater's club dropped to 4-5 on the year.

The Cougars will try to rebound with a road trip to Cushing tonight. Byng is scheduled to host Konawa at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Stokes Field.

McLoud 2, Ada 1

Ada scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Chalin Robertson got the Cougars started with a one-out double and raced home when Cade Stick reached base on a McLoud error.

Ada had more scoring opportunities but stranded seven base runners, including two in the bottom of the second.

Seth Flinn singled with two outs in the bottom of the second and stole second but was stranded when the game ended.

The Cougars compiled five hits in the contest, led by Flinn who finished 2-for-4. Cade Stick and Brayden McGilbray had the other Ada base hits.

McLoud tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI single by Briar Lynch and the Redskins got a timely two-out, solo home run by Kaiden Mendenhall in the top of the sixth for what turned out to be the winning tally.

Geronimo Hastings had two of six McLoud hits in the game.

Robertson was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Ada. He struck out four, walked three and allowed just two earned runs in a complete-game performance.

Castin Shafer earned the mound win for the Redskins. He struck out nine, walked two and didn't allow an earned run in seven full innings.

Bethany 3, Byng 2

Byng trailed 3-1 before trying to rally in the top of the seventh inning. The Pirates loaded the bases on consecutive one-out singles by Ryan Shelton, Easton Welch and Ezekiel Griffin.

Courtesy runner Hunter Francis later scored on a passed ball to trim the BHS deficit to 3-2. However, the Pirates stranded runners at second and third to end the contest.

Mason Carter led off the game with a bunt single and the Pirates didn't get another hit until the seventh-inning comeback effort

Bethany ace Josh Pierce kept the Pirate offense off-balance the entire way. He struck out 12, walked two and allowed four hits and no earned runs in the complete-game outing.

Cooper McCage pitched well for Byng. He struck out five, walked two and allowed just one hit and no earned runs in six innings of work.

Pierce had the lone Bethany hit and drove in two runs for the Bronchos.