The Ada Athletics made quick work of the Crookston Reds 17-3 Sunday at Jim Karn Field. The loss is Crookston's fourth straight and drops it to 2-9 on the season.
Ada jumped out to a 7-0 lead after two innings and posted seven runs in the fifth inning for the lopsided win.
"That was pretty shameful," Reds manager Justin Johnson said. "Everything was dropping in there for them and we couldn't get anything to fall. In a game like that you'd think we played poor defensively but it was more of them finding the gaps and holes."
The Reds recorded four hits, coming from Johnson, Kody Kawlewski, Casey Morin and Paul Smith. Morin and Smith each had an RBI.
Henry Stanaslowski started on the mound for Crookston and lasted 1 1-3 innings, allowing seven earned runs on four hits and five walks. Dillon Nelson pitched three innings in relief, allowing eight runs on five hits and four walks. Kiefer Prudhomme closed out the final 2 2-3 innings, allowing one earned run, two total, on four hits and three walks.
"I preach to my pitchers fastballs and go right after these guys and throw strikes," Johnson said. "There is nothing worse than watching a game with ten to 15 walks as a player or a fan, especially when you're walking guys at the bottom of the order. Walking the seven, eight and nine batters, there is absolutely no excuse for that."
The A's were led by Aaron Cook, who threw strikes and made the Reds swing.
"Cook is definitely a good pitcher but we made him look very good," Johnson said. "We've seen better pitching this year than Cook. With a guy like Cook, it's nothing that we haven't seen before."
The Reds will try to get back to the win column Friday at Fertile against the Bees. They will then travel to Roseau Sunday for a doubleheader with the Royals.
"We are trying to get one more next Monday at home with Larimore but nothing is set in stone," Johnson said.
Johnson pointed out that the only games this season in which all nine starters played were the two wins.
"Friday, there is no excuse why we don't win Friday," he said. "Sunday in Roseau, we could play spoiler and have a shot at a first round playoff game. It's going to take our nine starters to be there. We are a talented team when we're all there. It only takes one or two to be gone and it seems like we fall apart."
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