The Ottawa High School softball team opened its season Tuesday with a split with Baldwin in Baldwin City. Ottawa won the opener 10-5, but dropped the nightcap, 4-3.
Ottawa scored seven unanswered runs to win the opener after trailing 5-3.
“We fought back and put the bats to work,” Ottawa coach Joe Serna said. “The second one, we had opportunities. They are still learning. We are heading in the right direction.”
The coaches feel Ottawa can hit with any team in the Frontier League. Hannah Hedges led the offensive outburst in the opener with three hits.
Ottawa’s bats went silent after the first couple of innings in the second game.
Senior Elizabeth Seimears picked up the victory in the first game. She tossed five innings and had four strikeouts. Kendall Blanco tossed the final two innings of the opener and went the distance in the nightcap.
Serna said both pitchers gave Ottawa exactly what it needed by throwing strikes. Ottawa had just one walk in both games.
Serna sees a lot of potential and said a split on the road is a good sign.
Ottawa (1-1) plays a single game 4:30 p.m. today at home against Osawatomie.