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OHS softball's streak reaches 6

By The Herald Staff | 5/1/2013

LOUISBURG — The Ottawa High School softball team’s hard work is starting to pay off.

The Cyclones extended their win streak to six games with sweeps of Louisburg and Spring Hill.

LOUISBURG — The Ottawa High School softball team’s hard work is starting to pay off.

The Cyclones extended their win streak to six games with sweeps of Louisburg and Spring Hill.

On Tuesday, Ottawa defeated Louisburg 11-2 in 13 innings and 16-3, in Louisburg. On Monday, Ottawa downed Spring Hill, 9-2 and 15-9, in Ottawa.

“The credit for the win streak goes to the girls’ efforts in the field, in the circle and at the plate,” Ottawa coach Joe Serna said. “We have been consistent in those three areas and therefore the girls have reaped the benefits of improving our record to 8-5. With the way the weather has gone, moving games around or losing practices, it shows that the time they have put in and when we are to work on things is paying off for them.  

“One thing we remind them everyday, is you get out of something, what you put into it.

“This motto has stuck with them and they are carrying that over in to the games. The coaching staff is very proud of what they have accomplished the last six games.”

The opener had lots of tense moments until the top of the 13th inning when Ottawa erupted offensively for nine runs. To get there, Ottawa had a good performance by pitcher Elizabeth Seimears, who won both games.

“Elizabeth Seimears defined to us in this game what a true softball pitcher does for her team,” Serna said. “She had great control, got out of some tough situations when Louisburg was threatening and let her defense work for her when she needed.

“She threw her arm off and kept going out there from the fifth inning on giving everything she had to give her team a chance to win. We as a staff couldn’t have asked her to do more.”

She pitched a complete game in the nightcap with nine strikeouts.

Courtney Clayton had three hits in the opener. Four players had two hits each in the nightcap. Kylie Foster had seven RBIs in the doubleheader and a home run in the nightcap.

Seimears was the winning pitcher in the first game against Spring Hill. She had five strikeouts and allowed four hits.

Ottawa smacked four doubles. Bayleigh Nelson and Kendall Blanco had three hits each. Blanco had a home run.

“Our hitters are seeing the ball well and our hitting is what’s driving our intensity and allows our pitching and defense to play at a high level when needed,” Serna said.

“We’ve really worked a lot our defensive fundamentals and the girls are starting to see the results of their labor.”

The second game turned into an offensive show. Ottawa rocked Spring Hill with six doubles and a triple.

Foster and Corie Fischer had three hits each. Nelson, Hannah Hedges, Akoda Black and Shea Mesik had two hits each.

Blanco battled through a tight strike zone for a complete game.

“We had a couple missed signs and unfortunate errors that lead to a grand slam, which allowed Spring Hill to stay with us, but because of our hitting and Kendall’s resiliency in the circle we were able to put them away,” Serna said.

Ottawa plays 4:30 p.m. today at home against Eudora.

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