FINDLAY — Tinora’s Aubrey Reineke wanted to smack a hit somewhere.
She did and found the perfect landing spot for it.
Reineke’s RBI, walk-off double down the right-field line lifted Tinora to a 3-2, eight-inning victory against Ada in the Division IV softball regional semifinals Wednesday at Marathon Diamonds.
Tinora courtesy-runner Lexi Miles came around from first to score standing up when Reineke drove the ball into the right-field corner for the game-winning hit.
“I knew I had to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Reineke said. “I had someone really fast in front of me and I knew she was (going to score). … When she came home, I stopped running and jumped.’’
Tinora (16-6) will play Gibsonburg in the regional finals at noon Saturday at the Marathon Diamonds.
Gibsonburg defeated North Baltimore 12-9 in the first regional semifinal of the day.
“For us to squeak through and get a win, we’re really pleased,” Tinora coach Garry Rodenberger said. “That’s a heck of an Ada team.’’
Ada, which was making its first regional softball appearance, ends the year 18-9.
With one out in the home eighth, Tinora’s Ashton Helmke singled to left.
Miles came in to run for Helmke.
Then, with two outs, Reineke drilled a 3-1 pitch on the outside corner down into the right-field corner to end it.
Both pitchers pounded the strike zone most of the game.
Helmke went eight innings and gave up two runs, both earned, on seven hits. She struck out 10 and walked none.
Helmke, who relied more on her change-up in the final innings, threw 103 pitches, 83 for strikes.
Ada freshman Leona Dalton went the whole way and gave up three runs, two earned, on seven hits. She struck out two and walked two.
Dalton threw 104 pitches, 70 for strikes.
“She was very much in control,” Ada coach Troy Erickson said of Dalton. “She’s very, very poised and has a very calm demeanor.’’
Tinora scored an unearned run in the first to take a 1-0 lead.
Tinora’s Sierra Salinas had an RBI single in the fourth to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
Ada rolled out its bunting skills in the fifth and scored two runs on four hits. Of the four hits, three came on bunt singles.
“Obviously, we struggled trying to swing the bat trying to hit her (Helmke) and I know we can bunt the ball well,” Erickson said. “We’re going to do whatever we can to scrap out some runs and that’s what we did.’’
Ada’s Teara Coulson started the fifth with a bunt single back to the mound. She went to second on a wild pitch.
Nicki Lehsten’s RBI single to right past a diving Tinora first baseman brought Ada within 2-1.
Olivia Alexander then reached on a bunt hit to third.
Raina England’s bunt single back to the mound scored Lehsten to tie the game at 2 in the fifth.
Reineke went 2 for 3 for Tinora. Salinas was 2 for 3.
Alexander went 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs.
Of Ada’s seven hits, four came from bunts.
“That’s our game,” Erickson said. “That’s who we are. We’re not a Gibsonburg team that gets up there and destroys the ball.
“What a great game that was. Too bad someone had to lose.’’
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