ELIDA — Ada jumped out to a 4-0 advantage and held off a late Wayne Trace rally to post a 4-2 victory over the Raiders in Division IV district softball action at Elida on Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs scored three times in the third inning and added another run in the fourth to advance to Friday’s district title game and end the Wayne Trace season.

After falling in the early hole, the Raiders made things interesting, though.

Maggie Crosby walked to open the top of the sixth before Alex Fast reached on a Bulldog error with one out to put Crosby on second. Following a Kalin Gerber single that loaded the bases, Libby Wenzlick hit a shot to left field only to see Ada’s Teara Coulson make a diving catch for the second out.

Olivia Egnor followed with a sharp single to center field that plated both Crosby and Fast to pull Wayne Trace within 4-2 before Anne Eklund grounded out to end the inning.

“We hit the ball hard but it seemed like everything we hit hard went right at them or they made a great defensive play,” said Raider head coach Amber Showalter. “The left fielder made an outstanding play there with the bases loaded or that turns into a big hit for us.”

Wayne Trace again threatened in the seventh.

With one out, Megan Moore singled before Crosby reached on a Bulldog error to put runners at first and second.

However, Bulldog freshman pitcher Leona Dalton shut the door from there in getting Brooke Sinn and Fast to fly out to end the threat and seal the Ada victory.

“I am proud of the girls’ efforts,” Showalter continued. “We got in a hole tonight but the girls kept battling and never gave up. We had some opportunities there late but Ada made the plays defensively.”

Moore had a pair of singles for Wayne Trace while Gerber, Egnor and Eklund added a single each.

Crosby suffered the loss on the mound for the Raiders, tossing six innings while giving up eight hits and striking out one.

“Maggie threw the ball well,” added Showalter. “Ada did a good job of using their speed and they hurt us with the bunt.”

Dalton got the victory for Ada, pitching the complete game and allowing five hits, two unearned runs and walking three while fanning three Raider hitters.

Sydney Newland paced the Bulldog offense with a single and a double. Alexis Ennis also had a pair of singles for Ada.

The loss ended the careers of six Raider seniors.

Megan Moore, Maggie Crosby, Chelsea Sinn, Brooke Sinn, Kalin Gerber and Alex Fast all wore the Raider uniform for the final time.

“The girls had a very good season,” concluded the Raider coach. “They have a lot to be proud of.”