Wednesday, September 03, 2014

End came too soon for OHS baseball

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/21/2014

It always hurts when the season is through, no matter what round of the postseason.

“Most definitely,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said after the Cyclones 13-3 loss Tuesday to Paola in the regional championship game in Ottawa. “There is only one happy team at the end of the season ... the team that wins state. Everybody else will be disappointed.”

It always hurts when the season is through, no matter what round of the postseason.

“Most definitely,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said after the Cyclones 13-3 loss Tuesday to Paola in the regional championship game in Ottawa. “There is only one happy team at the end of the season ... the team that wins state. Everybody else will be disappointed.”

The end came quickly in the championship game. Paola scored 11 runs combined in the second and third innings to build a 12-3 advantage.

“We had momentum,” Herrmann said of Ottawa’s three-run second inning. “They had momentum. Their momentum was bigger than ours at times.”

Ottawa committed four errors, three in the four-run third inning.

“That is what hurt us,” Herrmann said. “For two weeks, our defense has been carrying us. We kind of letdown. The pitchers tried to do too much. It is hard to come back from nine runs. When it was 5-3, it was doable. They had some hard hit balls.”

Ottawa tried to rally, but could not come up with a key hit in the final four innings.

“Our swings changed,” Herrmann said. “We did not do what got us here. Little things we have done for two weeks, we did not do. We could not build up to anything.”

Ottawa scored three runs on three hits in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. Tate Jung had a 2-RBI single and Blaine Ray singled to plate a run.

Ottawa (12-11) had two different seasons. The Cyclones were 2-7 after nine games and then turned it around to go 10-3 to reach the title game.

“We had a seven-game losing streak,” Herrmann said. “We pulled together. The kids never quit. The past two or three weeks we played really good baseball. Two of our pitchers have thrown most of the innings. One through nine, we had good hitters. We did not have it every game.”

Herrmann said the effort was never a question.

“The kids played hard,” he said. “They showed up every day and did what I asked them to do. We definitely need to get bigger, stronger and faster. We need that guy that is going to be our No. 1 pitcher. We need three of them.”

It was the end of the high school careers for seniors Nathan Roth and Dalton Weidl.

“We lost two good seniors,” Herrmann said. “Dalton did a lot for us in different aspects. Nathan has been doing it for four years. He has been steady as a rock. He has been our silent leader.”

comments powered by Disqus