Ada falls in softball regionals


Tinora scores winning run in 8th inning

By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Ada’s Alexis Ennis safely reaches second base on a steal against Tinora’s Quinn Slattman during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.

Ada’s Alexis Ennis safely reaches second base on a steal against Tinora’s Quinn Slattman during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.


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Leona Dalton pitches for Ada against Tinora during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.

Leona Dalton pitches for Ada against Tinora during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.


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Ada’s Sidney Gossard catches a foul ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.


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Ada’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Ada’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Alexis Ennis bats for Ada during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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.’’

Ada’s Alexis Ennis safely reaches second base on a steal against Tinora’s Quinn Slattman during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. See more game photos at LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Ada-vs-Tinora-RP-009-2.jpgAda’s Alexis Ennis safely reaches second base on a steal against Tinora’s Quinn Slattman during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. See more game photos at LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Leona Dalton pitches for Ada against Tinora during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Ada-vs-Tinora-RP-001-2.jpgLeona Dalton pitches for Ada against Tinora during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ada’s Sidney Gossard catches a foul ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Ada-vs-Tinora-RP-007-2.jpgAda’s Sidney Gossard catches a foul ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ada’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Ada’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Ada-vs-Tinora-RP-008-2.jpgAda’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Ada’s Olivia Alexander pursues a ground ball during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Alexis Ennis bats for Ada during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/05/web1_Ada-vs-Tinora-RP-015-2.jpgAlexis Ennis bats for Ada during a Wednesday Division IV regional semifinal in Findlay.Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Tinora scores winning run in 8th inning

By Tom Usher

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Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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