GARDNER — Playing flat has not been kind to the Ottawa High School baseball team.
“We are an energy team,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “In our two losses, we were flat from the start.”
Ottawa’s second loss of the season came Friday in the opener against Gardner. Ottawa fell 8-5 to the Trailblazers in a doubleheader which was moved from Ottawa to Gardner because of wet fields in Ottawa.
The Cyclones bounced back to take the nightcap, 4-0, behind the pitching and bat of senior Kaden Shaffer.
Ottawa led 1-0 early in the opener, but did not score again until the sixth inning. Ottawa scored four in the frame.
“We started very slow,” Herrmann said. “We don’t want to wait until the sixth or seventh inning.”
The coach said the Gardner pitcher was a crafty lefty and is considered the Blazers’ ace.
“He is a good pitcher,” Herrmann said. “He kept us off-balance. We did not get anything started. We hit the ball hard a couple of times.”
Ottawa played more its style in the nightcap.
“We were a lot more aggressive,” Herrmann said.
Shaffer tossed a two-hitter and smashed a two-run home run.
“He has been our rock the last couple of years,” Herrmann said. “He is throwing hard. He looked confident. He is challenging people.”
The top-ranked Cyclones (9-2) play today at home against Eudo