Wednesday, September 03, 2014

OHS softball struggles

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 4/9/2014

The Ottawa High School softball team has yet to put all the facets together in the first two doubleheaders.

Ottawa went 1-3, splitting Monday in Spring Hill and getting swept Tuesday by Baldwin in Ottawa. Ottawa beat Spring Hill, 6-4, in the nightcap after falling 2-1 in the opener. Baldwin downed Ottawa 5-3 and 10-2.

The Ottawa High School softball team has yet to put all the facets together in the first two doubleheaders.

Ottawa went 1-3, splitting Monday in Spring Hill and getting swept Tuesday by Baldwin in Ottawa. Ottawa beat Spring Hill, 6-4, in the nightcap after falling 2-1 in the opener. Baldwin downed Ottawa 5-3 and 10-2.

“We are just not playing very well right now in any aspect of the game,” Ottawa assistant coach JR Daugharthy said. “We are not hitting well. We are not playing especially well on defense.”

The hitting has been sporadic. Ottawa had a combined 15 hits against Baldwin, but left 12 runners stranded in the nightcap. Ottawa left the tying and go ahead runners on base in the 2-1 loss to Spring Hill.

“We have left a ton of runners this year,” Daugharthy said. “We have to get that key hit. We need two-out hits. We had a couple of people hit the ball well for us. [Hannah] Hedges has been playing real well. Bayleigh [Nelson] has been getting on base a lot. The others have been hit and miss.”

Baldwin scored nine runs in the fifth inning of the nightcap.

“They had a couple of big innings,” Daugharthy said. “We helped them in those big innings. Kendall [Blanco] is the only pitcher with experience.

“We are learning as we go. Tatum [Knight] did a nice job. We are not very durable yet. Our pitchers are conditioned to go four or five innings then they get in trouble. We have to rotate them through. We don’t get a lot of strikeouts. We get a lot of ground balls and pop ups. We have to make defensive plays.”

Central Heights

GARNETT — The Central Heights softball split with Anderson County Tuesday in Garnett. The Vikings won 22-9 in a slugfest. Central Heights fell 7-4.

Central Heights had 13 hits, including six extra base hits, in the victory. Whitney Kraus had three hits and four RBIs.

West Franklin

LYNDON — The West Franklin squad opened its season Tuesday with 18-8 and 11-10 losses. The second game went nine innings.

Charlie Fine had five hits with 4 RBIs. Bailey Shaffer had three hits and 2 RBIs. Bailey Whittington had three hits in the opener.

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