BALDWIN CITY — The Ottawa High School baseball players could not wait to play. The top-ranked Cyclones have been caged up inside for a lot of the practice time during March.
The Cyclones took advantage of its excitement and overall baseball knowledge in rolling Baldwin Tuesday in the season opener in Baldwin City. Ottawa won 20-0 in four innings and 11-0 in five innings.
“We were anxious to play,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We hit the ball pretty well. Everybody contributed. That was huge.”
Herrmann’s message before the doubleheader was for the players to use their experience and knowledge of the game because of the lack of time on the field.
“We played our game,” Herrmann said.
The coach said seniors Taylor Graf, Kaden Shaffer and Greyson LaPlant showed their leadership. All three have signed to play college baseball.
“The younger kids followed right along,” Herrmann said.
Ottawa’s pitchers were efficient. Junior Nathan Roth went four innings in the opener with seven strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches.
Senior Isaac Carter tossed five innings in the nightcap. He had 70 pitches.
Herrmann said there were just three walks total and the defense made plays behind them.
The Ottawa bats ripped through the Baldwin pitchers with four players having four or more hits in the doubleheader.
Shaffer led the offense with six hits, including two doubles, a triple and stole two bases. LaPlant and Graf had five hits each. LaPlant had seven RBIs. Graf led off the game with a home run. Roth had four hits.
Ottawa (2-0) plays 4:30 p.m. Friday at home against Spring Hill.