Friday, August 22, 2014

Ottawa Legion AA rolls Wellsville

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 6/27/2014

Two quality baseball teams met Wednesday for Franklin County bragging rights.

One played up to its potential and the other did not.

Two quality baseball teams met Wednesday for Franklin County bragging rights.

One played up to its potential and the other did not.

The Ottawa Legion AA squad played its most complete doubleheader of the season, while Wellsville struggled in every facet at Harvey M. Drake Field.

Ottawa swept Wellsville, 5-1 and 11-7.

“That is the most ready to play we have been since May 1,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We had some really nice at-bats.”

Ottawa has a tendency to play up and down.

“I think sometimes we overlook teams,” third baseman Blaine Ray said. “We did not overlook [Wellsville] and we played to our full potential. We played to the end.”

It was a disappointing effort from Wellsville.

“It was not our night,” Wellsville coach Chris Caruthers said. “We did not do a whole lot well. We came in a little sluggish. We never really found it.”

Ottawa’s mindset was to give Wellsville its best shot and give the county rivalry a shot in the arm.

“We came to play,” Hayden Yancey, who tossed a three-hitter in the opener, said. “We put pressure on them from the start.”

Yancey set down 15 of the final 16 Wellsville hitters.

“Hayden Yancey set the tone right off the bat that he was ready to pitch.” Herrmann said. “Connor Stepp was back in the leadoff spot. He got on base and made things happen.

“Blaine Ray can flat out hit right now. Jordan [Morton] is figuring things out. We have guys that can run. We put pressure on them a lot. Everybody wanted to play.”

Wellsville’s pitching, defense and hitting were not up to par.

“You can’t give them extra outs in the field,” Caruthers said. “When your at the plate, you have to have a good approach. Those little things will come back and get you against teams like Ottawa. We can play a lot better than that.”

Herrmann knows Ottawa will see Wellsville again in meaningful games.

“Tonight meant a lot, but in a month it will mean a lot more,” Herrmann said. “We have to bring the same intensity.”

Ottawa (11-4) plays 2 p.m. today at Burlington with single games versus Burlington and Iola.

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