Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Perfect storm for Cyclones

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/12/2014

Ottawa High School senior Nathan Roth never thought about a perfect game.

All he wanted was Ottawa to play as a unit and gain momentum toward the postseason in the regular-season home finale Friday at Harvey M. Drake Field.

Ottawa High School senior Nathan Roth never thought about a perfect game.

All he wanted was Ottawa to play as a unit and gain momentum toward the postseason in the regular-season home finale Friday at Harvey M. Drake Field.

Roth, Conner Medlen and Sam Carver combined for a perfect no-hit game in Ottawa’s 13-0 win over Sumner Academy on Senior Day.

“I never imagined going out with a perfect game,” Roth, said. “I have never been involved in a perfect game. It was really cool.”

Roth pitched the first two innings. Medlen tossed the third and Carver had five strikeouts in the six batters he faced.

Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said all the pitchers threw strikes in the combined perfect game. It was the perfect scenario for Herrmann.

The coach and the players had a heart-to-heart talk prior to the game.

“We had a nice little talk [Thursday] about expectations, life and team things,” Herrmann said. “They were a team. They were ready to play. Everybody did something. That is important on Senior Day. A lot of fans were here to support us. We did not see the greatest pitching. Our swings were right where we wanted them to be. A lot of line drives. We ran the bases hard.”

It was all about team.

“Be here as one and not as an individual,” Herrmann said. “I want us to compete as a team.”

Roth said the players were relaxed.

“It showed,” he said. “It was really nice. Everybody swang the bats well in cages. It is about getting hot at the right time.”

Roth and Dalton Weidl were honored following the game.

“The seniors have done a lot for us throughout the years,” Herrmann said. “It is important to let the seniors in their last home game play as much as they can.”

Roth said it was a weird feeling knowing the end is coming.

“It flew by,” he said. “This is where I made almost all my friends.”

Ottawa (8-10) plays today at state-ranked Paola.

Connor Stepp: 2-2, 2 runs.

Alex Stepp: 2-2, 2 runs, RBI

Tate Jung: 2-2, 2 runs, RBI

Hayden Yancey: 2-2, 2 runs, RBI

Sam Carver: 2 RBI.

Dayne Jung: 2 RBI.

Blaine Ray: 2 RBI.

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