Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cyclone baseball not hitting on all cylinders

By The Herald Staff | 4/16/2014

The Ottawa High School baseball team is not making the fundamental plays or winning plays. The opponents are getting most of the breaks right now.

Ottawa is riding a four-game losing streak after being swept Tuesday by state-ranked De Soto, 7-6 and 10-1. Two of those losses were by 11 and nine runs.

The Ottawa High School baseball team is not making the fundamental plays or winning plays. The opponents are getting most of the breaks right now.

Ottawa is riding a four-game losing streak after being swept Tuesday by state-ranked De Soto, 7-6 and 10-1. Two of those losses were by 11 and nine runs.

“Right now we are in a funk,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “Winning is contagious and so is losing. We are not going to make excuses. We are losing the little things in the key moments. That is what is hurting us right now.”

Ottawa is not making the key plays to get out of jams. The Cyclones are giving teams extra outs in innings and the opponents are taking advantage of it.

“They have to figure out what it is going to take,” Herrmann said. “I can’t do it. I can tell them how to do it. They have to dig deep.”

It started in the opening inning as De Soto scored a run after the first two hitters were out. De Soto scored three runs with the help of an error and a bunt single in the second inning.

Another misfortune came in the sixth inning with Ottawa down 6-5. De Soto had two outs and the bases loaded when a grounder to the pitcher popped out of the glove and everybody was safe.

“We work every day in practice and we don’t carry it over to here,” Herrmann said. “That is hard to swallow. Some of the same mistakes we made today is what we worked on yesterday. That is the tough part.”

The Cyclones had shot to win opener. Ottawa climbed within 7-6 and had the bases loaded with one out, but could not deliver a key hit or sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ottawa had two pop-ups to end the game.

“We talked about winning the situation,” Herrmann said. “Winning the at-bat, winning the pitch, all that will carry over into the big picture of winning. I don’t care about winning a baseball game right now.”

The second game was all De Soto after the first inning. Ottawa plated a run in the first inning on a wild pitch. Ottawa was held to three hits in the nightcap.

“We let our guard down the second game,” Herrmann said. “I have known these kids for a long time. They like to compete. At moments, we do compete. At moments, we don’t compete. It is hard for me to deal with right now.”

Ottawa had seven strikeouts and hit into a double play that killed the Cyclones’ best scoring opportunity of the game.

The Cyclones had the bases loaded and one out, but could not cash in.

Tyler Smith gave Ottawa shot in the arm with his bat. He had two RBIs, including a home run in the opener.

Freshman Luke Snider had three walks in the doubleheader. Hayden Yancey had two hits and an RBI in the opener.

Senior Nathan Roth tossed six innings of the opener. He had three strikeouts.

Ottawa (2-4) plays 4:30 p.m. today at home in single game against Mill Valley, which is ranked No. 3 in 5A.

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