Gardner throttled the Cyclones, 13-2, in five innings Friday at Harvey M. Drake Field. Ottawa fell 5-4 earlier to St. James.
“We played bad baseball the second game,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We were behind the count pitching-wise. They were sitting on the fastball. They can hit. We threw the ball around. We did not field a whole lot clean.
“You have to forget about it. There were not a whole lot of positives. That is baseball.”
Gardner had 15 hits, while Ottawa (2-2) mustered four, with two of those coming in the first inning from the Jung brothers.
“I don’t want to beat the teams we are supposed to beat,” Herrmann said. “I want to beat the teams that don’t want to lose to us. Everybody we played so far, we can beat.”
Herrmann is looking for energy and wanting to get after opponents.
“I want to compete,” he said. “We need to put forward our best effort. Game one we made mistakes, but we still competed. That is all I can ask.
Gardner scored in every inning. Ottawa plated single runs in the first and fourth innings.
Ottawa led St. James 4-1 after two innings, but the Cyclones were shut down the final five innings. Ottawa had just two hits the rest of the way.
“We made a couple of mistakes and it cost us,” Herrmann said. “It happened at the wrong time.”
Sam Carver pitched a complete game.
“Sam deserved to win,” Herrmann said. “Sam made one bad pitch ... the home run. The guy was on base because of an error.”
Carver was coming off a start against Baldwin where he did not record an out.
“I knew Sam had more than the other night,” Herrmann said. “I knew he had the stuff. He rose to the occasion.”
Ottawa plays today at home.