Saturday, November 01, 2014

Legion AA looks forward to busy slate of games

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 6/20/2014

It will be a long stretch against some familiar opponents. The Ottawa Legion AA baseball team has a little time to rest up before playing three doubleheaders in three days starting 6 p.m. Monday at Silver Lake. Ottawa head coach Shawn Herrmann said his players like having a lot of games on the schedule.

“In high school, we play maybe twice a week and they are practicing all the time,” Herrmann said. “In the summer, we aren’t practicing as much because we practiced all spring. [The players] like playing more games.”

It will be a long stretch against some familiar opponents. The Ottawa Legion AA baseball team has a little time to rest up before playing three doubleheaders in three days starting 6 p.m. Monday at Silver Lake. Ottawa head coach Shawn Herrmann said his players like having a lot of games on the schedule.

“In high school, we play maybe twice a week and they are practicing all the time,” Herrmann said. “In the summer, we aren’t practicing as much because we practiced all spring. [The players] like playing more games.”

The team goes back into action Monday in a doubleheader at Silver Lake. The last time the two teams saw each other, Ottawa edged out a 6-5 victory in 12 innings June 8 at home in the Jim Allen Wood Bat Memorial Tournament.

Ottawa (6-3) then travels to Chanute for a 6 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday, followed by a 6 p.m. Wednesday doubleheader against Wellsville at the Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa.

The team is coming off of its split with Iola in a doubleheader Wednesday at Orlis Cox. Ottawa got up early and never looked back in its first game, winning 11-1, followed by a 10-4 loss in the second game. Herrmann said playing Iola, two-time defending Legion AA state champions, gave the team a boost for its coming three-doubleheader stretch.

“It gives us a lot of confidence,” he said. “We don’t play until Monday, so we have some time to rest and catch our breath a little bit before a big stretch we have coming on. Sometimes when we take long breaks, we don’t hit very well, but I think we will be okay.”

Ottawa hit well in the first game of the doubleheader Wednesday. Herrmann attributed the win to good hitting and pitching, as well as gaining an advantage on Iola early.

“In general, everyone hit the ball really hard,” Herrmann said. “In the first game, I don’t think we hit hardly any pop flies. Everything was line drives and hitting in the gap. In the second game, we didn’t really do that and that was the difference.

“The difference was, they did not score right away off Nathan [Roth, pitcher]. In the second game they scored two [runs] in the first inning and that gave them confidence. We held them down in the first game.”

Ottawa was ready to play Wednesday, Herrmann said.

“I could feel like their attitude was good,” he said. “Nathan Roth started on the mound for us and threw really well and gave us a chance to win. We faced one of the best pitchers in the state of Kansas last night.”

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