Monday, September 01, 2014

OHS baseball team lacks hit in key situation

By The Herald Staff | 4/28/2014

Getting a hit with runners in scoring position has eluded the Ottawa High School baseball team all season.

The Cyclones have done a good job of putting runner’s on, but failed to close the deal.

Getting a hit with runners in scoring position has eluded the Ottawa High School baseball team all season.

The Cyclones have done a good job of putting runner’s on, but failed to close the deal.

“Once somebody does it, it will explode,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We are right in every game. “We could not drive anybody in.”

Ottawa went 1-2 Friday and Saturday in the Top Cat Kansas Klash at Johnson County 3 and 2 Park matching Frontier and Kaw Valley League teams.

The 4-2 win Saturday over Leavenworth snapped a seven-game skid.

“It felt good,” Herrmann said. “It was a sense of relief. In all three games, our guys were into it.”

Ottawa lost to St. Thomas Aquinas, 7-3, Friday, in the opener and closed with a 7-4 loss Saturday to top-ranked De Soto.

“We are playing good baseball, but not quite good enough to win,” Herrmann said. “We have not put all three [facets] together to win a game.

“We are one hit or one play away. We seemed a lot more relaxed this weekend.”

All three opponents were top notch.

“We saw good pitching and hitting,” Herrmann said. “We saw three really good teams. We were right in every game.”

Senior Nathan Roth tossed a complete game against Leavenworth.

“He was throwing really well,” Herrmann said.

Freshman Blaine Ray rocked a 2-RBI triple.

Connor Stepp, Tate Jung and Dalton Weidl pitched two innings each against Aquinas. Alex Stepp, Tate Jung and Hayden Yancey went two innings each against De Soto. Yancey had five strikeouts.

“In my eyes, our record should be reversed,” Herrmann said of Ottawa’s 3-8 mark. “We have no cupcakes on our schedule. Five teams in our league are ranked.”

Ottawa plays 5:30 p.m. Friday in a single game at Olathe Northwest.

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