Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Legion AA connects in Pomona

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 6/18/2014

POMONA — Ottawa wasted little time getting back into the win column.

The Ottawa Legion AA baseball team (5-2) bounced back after being shutout 9-0 by Paola Saturday by scorching West Franklin in its Tuesday doubleheader 9-1 and 11-1. Ottawa head coach Shawn Herrmann said his team played with more togetherness than in its previous match up.

POMONA — Ottawa wasted little time getting back into the win column.

The Ottawa Legion AA baseball team (5-2) bounced back after being shutout 9-0 by Paola Saturday by scorching West Franklin in its Tuesday doubleheader 9-1 and 11-1. Ottawa head coach Shawn Herrmann said his team played with more togetherness than in its previous match up.

“We looked a lot more relaxed [Tuesday] night,” Herrmann said. “We seemed a lot more confident, and like we were there for each other and more like a team. Our hitting was a lot better and our pitching was good. We just looked like a team.”

Ottawa scored nine runs off of nine hits in the first game. Nathan Roth slammed a home run in the fourth inning and led the team with three RBIs. Connor Medlen pitched the entirety of the first game and Alex Stepp pitched the second.

“[Medlen] threw really well,” Herrmann said. “[Stepp] threw very well also. Alex threw an inning on Saturday [against Paola] and couldn’t throw a strike very well. He had a lot more control [against West Franklin].”

Connor Stepp had made plays at bat in the second game. Stepp had four hits at four times at bat, two runs and two RBIs and fellow teammate Hayden Yancey had one hit, four runs and three RBIs.

Ottawa played Iola Wednesday night at the Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. Results were not available at press time.

The team plays 6 p.m. Monday at Silver Lake in a doubleheader. Ottawa previously beat Silver Lake 6-5 in 12 innings June 8 during the Jim Allen Wood Bat Memorial Tournament in Ottawa. Herrmann said that the two teams know each other well.

“I think we know that it took extra innings to beat them [previously],” he said. “We had chances and they had chances. We know they are well coached and that in high school they compete for the state championship every single year. They know how to win.”

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