DE SOTO — Ottawa High School baseball coach Shawn Herrmann knows the Cyclones have a lot of talent, but talent can only take Ottawa so far.
The coach said the Cyclones need to mix talent with intensity and energy.
“Without that and energy, we are an average team,” he said after Tuesday’s split with De Soto in De Soto. “We can’t come out flat.”
Ottawa won the opener 6-5 by scoring two runs in the seventh inning with two outs. It nearly ruined a sterling pitching performance from Nathan Roth.
Ottawa lost the nightcap, 7-3, after opening the game with a 2-0 lead.
“We are in coast mode,” Herrmann said.
Ottawa gave De Soto five unearned runs with shaky defense in the opener. Roth kept De Soto under wraps. Herrmann said Roth pitched unbelievable and even made a diving catch and turned it into a double play.
“He has taken a leadership role,” Herrmann said. “He’s more confident. He has great location. He’s the total package.”
A couple of bench players won the game for Ottawa. Tate Jung had key hit in the seventh inning. Bryce Elder smacked a two-run single for the victory.
Ottawa started the second game with two runs then went flat the rest of the game, which has Herrmann frustrated.
“We did not do anything in between,” he said. “Some of our key guys are struggling right now. We did not get any key hits.”
Ottawa was coming off a win Friday over Spring Hill that the Cyclones rallied late in extra innings for the victory.
Herrmann said he does not want to make a habit of waiting until the end to come alive.
“We have to fix that right now,” he said. “In our schedule, we don’t have any cupcakes.”
Herrmann said senior Greyson LaPlant continues to swing a good bat.
The top-ranked Cyclones play three games Friday and Saturday in the Frontier-Kaw Valley League Classic.
Ottawa (5-1) plays 4:30 p.m. Friday against Mill Valley. On Saturday, Ottawa faces Piper at 10 a.m. can closes the tourney at 12:30 p.m. against Lansing.