Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Legion AA displays emotion

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 7/2/2014

FORT SCOTT — The Ottawa Legion AA squad showed emotion Tuesday in Fort Scott. Ottawa was embroiled in nailbiters.

“We would like to see them get pumped up a little more,” Ottawa assistant coach Turner Roth said. “They did that in the last inning. It was after two outs were made.

FORT SCOTT — The Ottawa Legion AA squad showed emotion Tuesday in Fort Scott. Ottawa was embroiled in nailbiters.

“We would like to see them get pumped up a little more,” Ottawa assistant coach Turner Roth said. “They did that in the last inning. It was after two outs were made.

“This group does not show emotion and today we saw emotion. That is a great sign. We saw it and we felt it.”

Ottawa fell to Fort Scott, 5-2 and 3-2. Ottawa left the bases loaded in the final inning of the nightcap.

“They had a good guy on the mound in both games,” Roth said. “We got rallies going late in the inning or late in the game. We got big hits and in the first game. We relaxed too much and they came right back. This is a good team.”

Ottawa could not come up with a big hit to score runs, while Fort Scott did. Ottawa fell behind early in both games

“We have been walking people and giving up hits,” Roth said. “That can be a deadly combination. We had a lot of good effort. We had a couple of diving plays that came up just short.”

Jordan Morton smashed a solo home run in the opener to tie it at 1-1 in the third. Fort Scott stole back the momentum with two runs in the bottom half.

Ottawa left the bases juiced in the sixth inning of the opener.

Nathan Roth had an RBI single in the third of the nightcap.

Ottawa received good pitching performances from Connor Stepp, Conner Medlen and Morton.

“Conner has been great for us,” Roth said. “He did not have a good performance [against Garnett]. I told him ‘make that his worst performance.’ He came in threw strikes and got outs.”  

Ottawa was coming off Monday’s sweep of Garnett, 10-6 and 17-4. The games were highlighted by brothers battling each other.

Ottawa’s Morton faced off against younger brother Evan Godderz. Morton struck him out in the opener.

“I just threw and acted like it was another batter,” Morton said. “We were looking forward to it. It was fun. I was throwing strikes. I wanted to go out and make them hit it.”

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