Friday, September 19, 2014

OHS baseball battles Mill Valley, but falls late

By The Herald Staff | 4/18/2014

The Ottawa High School baseball team had state-ranked Mill Valley on the run Thursday at Harvey M. Drake Field.’

The Cyclones and Jaguars were tied at 3-3 heading into the seventh inning.

The Ottawa High School baseball team had state-ranked Mill Valley on the run Thursday at Harvey M. Drake Field.’

The Cyclones and Jaguars were tied at 3-3 heading into the seventh inning.

Mill Valley put together a three-run rally in the seventh inning and downed the Cyclones, 6-3.

“We played a lot better than the other night,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We ran short on pitching a little bit. We were in the game. We could not get the runs when we needed to.”

Ottawa has shown it can play with state-ranked teams when the Cyclones play at the top of their game.

Ottawa lost by a run to St. James and De Soto and took Mill Valley to the wire so far this season.

“We started doing the little things right again,” Herrmann said. “The main thing is staying with what we are doing. We know we have good players.

“We are playing a tough schedule. It is going to make us better in the long run. We have to look at the big picture. We don’t like to lose.”

Junior Sam Carver tossed five innings and was relieved at the start of the sixth inning as his pitch count was elevated.

“He threw really well,” Herrmann said. “He kept them off-balance.”

Herrmann said the Ottawa defense made just one error.

“We did a lot of good things,” he said. “The offense was pretty good. The bottom of our lineup was on base a lot.”

Connor Stepp had two hits and two RBIs out of the lead-off spot.

Ottawa (2-5) plays a rescheduled game Monday at Spring Hill. The Cyclones will play single games Monday and the following Monday.

Ottawa will play Thursday and Friday in the Top Kat Kansas Klash at Johnson County’s 3 and 2 Park. Ottawa’s first-round opponent is St. Thomas Aquinas.

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