Tuesday, November 25, 2014

OHS plays team baseball in sweep of Eudora

By The Herald Staff | 5/2/2014

EUDORA — The Ottawa High School baseball team has put all the negative parts of the season in the rear view mirror.

Ottawa has a three-game winning streak after Thursday’s sweep of Eudora in Eudora. Ottawa won 6-4 and 11-7. It was a rescheduled doubleheader from Tuesday.

EUDORA — The Ottawa High School baseball team has put all the negative parts of the season in the rear view mirror.

Ottawa has a three-game winning streak after Thursday’s sweep of Eudora in Eudora. Ottawa won 6-4 and 11-7. It was a rescheduled doubleheader from Tuesday.

The Cyclones were coming off a 3-0 win Monday over Spring Hill in Ottawa. The Cyclones have won five of its past seven games after losing seven straight games.

“We played really well,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said. “We ran the bases really well. We made big plays and had big hits. We were in control. The confidence was there.”

Ottawa (6-8) put all three facets together, including timely hitting. Ottawa had five two-out hits to drive in runs.

“They were not bloopers,” Herrmann said. “We hit the ball hard. We hit as a team. It was a total team effort. Ever since I have been here, it has been a team aspect thing.”

Eudora did not make it easy for the Cyclones. Ottawa had to come up with big pitches and big plays defensively along with those key hits to come out with the sweep.

“Eudora is a very good baseball team,” Herrmann said. “They pushed us.”

Senior Nathan Roth tossed a complete game in the opener.

“He was good on the hill,” Herrmann said. “He made big pitches when he had to. He was in control.”

He came up with key 2-RBI single and hit the ball hard in his other plate appearances.

Senior Dalton Weidl tossed 5 2/3 innings in the nightcap. It was the longest stint of his career.

“He was throwing strikes,” Herrmann said. “He kept the ball down. He pounded the zone. He kept his pitch count down.”

Hayden Yancey closed out the victory.

Ottawa played a single game Friday night at Olathe Northwest.

The Cyclones close the home portion of their regular season next week. Ottawa plays Tuesday at home against Louisburg and Friday in a single game against Sumner Academy on senior night.

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