Sunday, October 26, 2014

Legion A squeezes past Senators

By The Herald Staff | 5/30/2014

The Ottawa American Legion A squad is off to a good start in the 2014 season.

Ottawa won its opener, 5-4, Wednesday over the Topeka Senators at Ottawa in a rain-shortened game.

The Ottawa American Legion A squad is off to a good start in the 2014 season.

Ottawa won its opener, 5-4, Wednesday over the Topeka Senators at Ottawa in a rain-shortened game.

The game went four innings and was called because of the rain. The second game of the doubleheader was rained out.

“We struggled out of the gate offensively,” Ottawa coach Brian Long said.

Ottawa trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.

“The bats came alive just in time,” Long said.

Ottawa scored four runs in the inning to take a 5-4 lead right before the rains halted play.

Keegan Finch came in to pinch-hit with the bases loaded. He ripped a 3-RBI triple to tie the game.

Andrew Soderberg was called upon to squeeze bunt and score Finch.

“He executed perfectly to push across Finch with the go-ahead run,” Long said. “That was the difference-maker.”

Trenton Ferguson started on the hill for Ottawa. Long said he did not have outstanding control, but pitched well enough to earn his first victory of the season.

Ottawa (1-0) plays 1 p.m. Sunday at Ottawa University’s baseball field against Gardner.

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