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Cyclones play winning baseball in victories

By The Herald Staff | 5/1/2013

The Ottawa High School baseball team is in a nice groove as the weather allowed for consistent playing dates.

The second-ranked Cyclones put together three straight sterling performances Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, Ottawa topped No. 4 St. Thomas, 8-3, in Ottawa.

The Ottawa High School baseball team is in a nice groove as the weather allowed for consistent playing dates.

The second-ranked Cyclones put together three straight sterling performances Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, Ottawa topped No. 4 St. Thomas, 8-3, in Ottawa.

The Cyclones swept Louisburg, 7-2 and 16-1 in five innings, Tuesday, in Louisburg.

“We are playing good baseball,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We are gelling together.”

Ottawa is playing winning baseball: consistent defense, good pitching and timely hitting.

Herrmann said he saw better swings from the players after playing back-to-back days.

Ottawa made several nice defensive plays both days.

Nathan Roth tossed a gem in the win over St. Thomas Aquinas. Herrmann said he controlled them from the start and the defense made some nice plays behind him.

Ottawa had timely hit and played text book baseball.

Tate Jung had three hits and Kaden Shaffer unloaded a three-run home run.

“We were patient at the plate,” Herrmann said.

Ottawa took care of business against Louisburg. Shaffer was the winning pitcher in the opener. Isaac Carter was nearly unhittable in the nightcap.

“He was on,” Herrmann said of Carter.

Jung continued to swing a hot bat. Taylor Graf had five hits.

Herrmann said all the hitters were making good contact and running the bases aggressively. Ottawa stole bases at every opportunity.

Ottawa (12-2) plays 4:30 p.m. Friday in Olathe at MidAmerica Nazarene against two-time 4A state champion St. James.

The Thunder have moved up to 5A this season. Herrmann said the squad returns several players from last year’s state title team.

“They are good,” he said.

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