Ottawa High School senior ace pitcher Elizabeth Seimears felt a bit uneasy before the Thursday’s game against Osawatomie in Ottawa’s home opener.
She felt her pitches were not moving.
“She was a little nervous in her bullpen session before the game,” Ottawa coach Joe Serna said. “She did not think her stuff was working too well. We talked it over.”
Once the Trojan hitters stepped into the box, it was a different story. The senior found her groove. She tossed a two-hitter and had six strikeouts in Ottawa’s 12-2 victory.
“Elizabeth Seimears threw great,” Serna said. “She was hitting spots.”
The defense played well behind her. The bats came alive with nine hits and the Cyclones took advantage of five Osawatomie errors.
“We have hit defense more than anything,” Serna said. “Kendall Blanco had a couple of nice plays at shortstop.”
Ottawa had two errors, which came on back-to-back grounders. But Seimears put out the fire with two strikeouts to end the threat in the second inning.
Ottawa used its speed and aggressiveness to put pressure on the Trojans. It started right off the bat with freshman Bailey Nelson legging out an infield single. She stole three bases and scored four runs to ignite the offense.
“We can run on the bases with anybody,” Serna said. “We have to be able to take that extra base and sneak in a run. We have the speed to do it. We saw a glimpse of that.”
Ottawa scored 10-plus runs in two of the three games this season.
Ottawa scored in every inning against Osawatomie. Serna said Ottawa has the potential to be a dangerous offensive team.
“Go play the game like you are supposed to play,” Serna said of his message to the players. “Let your abilities take over.
“We put everything together, they get to see that. That is what they are capable of it.”
Nelson and Kylie Foster led Ottawa with two hits each. Tatum Knight had a 2-RBI single in the three-run fifth inning.
Amy Wilson smashed a double to get a two-run rally started in the third inning. Corie Fischer had an RBI single in the frame.
“The girls came out and played well,” Serna said. “We are still learning the game in some regards.”
Ottawa (2-1) plays Tuesday at De Soto.