Monday, October 20, 2014

OHS baseball can't get consistent

By The Herald Staff | 5/7/2014

The Ottawa High School baseball team has yet to play consistent this season. The Cyclones started Tuesday’s home doubleheader with Louisburg well and ended on a down note.

The Cyclones won the opener, 12-7, and fell 14-3 in the nightcap.

The Ottawa High School baseball team has yet to play consistent this season. The Cyclones started Tuesday’s home doubleheader with Louisburg well and ended on a down note.

The Cyclones won the opener, 12-7, and fell 14-3 in the nightcap.

“We had a huge setback,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We have been playing good baseball. We are trying to get out of the fourth seed [for regionals]. Splitting kind of hurt us.”

Ottawa came out hot, building a 12-3 lead and was closing in on a run-rule victory.

“We started game one with six line drives in a row,” Herrmann said. “It was beautiful.”

Then the bats went dead in the final portion of the opener and it carried over into the nightcap.

Freshman Blaine Ray hit his first home run, a three-run shot. Connor Stepp had two doubles in the opener. Alex Stepp and Hayden Yancey had two hits each.

“We want to finish playing good baseball,” Herrmann said.

Ottawa (7-10) plays its final regular-season home game 4:30 p.m. Friday against Sumner Academy. OHS will honor its seniors  in a ceremony.

West Franklin

POMONA — West Franklin set up a chance to win the Flint Hills League title with a sweep of Mission Valley Friday in Pomona.

The Falcons won 4-0 and 4-2. It sets up a league title showdown with state-ranked and undefeated Council Grove Friday in Council Grove.

Pitching led West Franklin (12-2) past Mission Valley. Will Duda (4-0) had five strikeouts in the opener. Emerson Reece (5-0) had eight strikeouts in the nightcap.

“Our pitching was the key,” Falcon coach Danny Homer said. “They put the ball in play and we got them out.”

Reece and Oaklee Homer had two RBIs each. Tate Jackson, Duda and Tyler Rogers had an RBI.

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