Saturday, October 25, 2014

Legion AA facing tough challengers this week

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 6/16/2014

Ottawa knows its opponents well.

The Otttawa Legion AA baseball team is set to face off in a doubleheader against West Franklin 6 p.m. today at the Pomona ball fields, 3164 California Terrace, Pomona. After that, the team returns home 6 p.m. Wednesday to take on Iola, two-time defending Legion AA state champions at the Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. 2nd St., Ottawa. Iola beat Ottawa 3-1 June 8 at the Jim Allen Wood Bat Memorial Tournament in Ottawa.

Ottawa knows its opponents well.

The Otttawa Legion AA baseball team is set to face off in a doubleheader against West Franklin 6 p.m. today at the Pomona ball fields, 3164 California Terrace, Pomona. After that, the team returns home 6 p.m. Wednesday to take on Iola, two-time defending Legion AA state champions at the Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. 2nd St., Ottawa. Iola beat Ottawa 3-1 June 8 at the Jim Allen Wood Bat Memorial Tournament in Ottawa.

“We’ve played both teams is our wood bat tournament,” Shawn Herrmann, Ottawa Legion AA head coach, said. “I’m hoping we rise to the occasion this time. We play them quite a bit actually. We know them and they know us.

“West Franklin is a team that, if you take them lightly, they are going to beat you.”

Ottawa (3-2) is expected to get its chance to turn things around after being shutout 9-0 Saturday in nine innings against Paola at the Ottawa University Dick Peters Sports Complex, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa. The team struggled after four of their recent games had been rained out.

“We didn’t play as good as we can play,” Herrmann said. “I don’t know if, because of all the rain outs, we just weren’t ready to play. It was kind of disturbing for me, and the kids realized afterwards that we can’t do that because the summer is going to go by fast.”

Paola scored most of its nine runs in the later innings, Herrmann said, and Ottawa only mounted two hits.

“Our offense was kind of non-existent,” Herrmann said. “We didn’t hit the ball very well at all. Our pitchers actually threw pretty well. It was 2-0 up to the seventh inning.”

Jordan Morton was the starting pitcher for Ottawa and had one of the team’s two hits.

“He had a lot of energy,” he said. “He tried to spark us a couple of times.”

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