Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Ottawa softball set for blitz of games

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 5/2/2014

The Ottawa High School softball team plays half of its schedule in the first 13 days of May. Ottawa appears ready to tackle the hardest part of the schedule.

The Cyclones are riding a three-game winning streak following Thursday’s 20-0 win over Sumner Academy in Ottawa.

The Ottawa High School softball team plays half of its schedule in the first 13 days of May. Ottawa appears ready to tackle the hardest part of the schedule.

The Cyclones are riding a three-game winning streak following Thursday’s 20-0 win over Sumner Academy in Ottawa.

“We have all the pieces,” Ottawa coach Joe Serna said. “Next week is tough. We will find out where we are at and how we have progressed.

“The Turner Tournament will have tough competition there. I hope we are excited and ready to play it. We will find out.”

Ottawa (5-6) plays its final home games Tuesday against Louisburg.

“We can compete with Louisburg,” Serna said. “We have just as much talent.

“They will be up to play us. The three-game winning streak will help us. Hopefully we have two days of practice.”

Serna said with the season winding down and so many games bunched together, it is time for the players to put all they learned on the field.

“You are at that point in the season where they have to go out and play the games,” he said. “They have to produce on the field. They have to focus more and be ready to execute. You have to let it come to you. We are getting there.

“It is a good group of kids. They are coachable kids. We believe in them.”

Ottawa is starting to become a well-rounded team behind its pitching, defense and hitting.

“We have been putting up runs,” Serna said. “Bishop Miege started it. They played awesome. They are fun to watch when they come out and play like they are fully capable of.”

Ottawa dominated Sumner Academy in all aspects. Ottawa pounded 20 hits and held Sumner to one hit and two baserunners.

“They took care of business,” Serna said. “We are proud how they executed. They came out aggressive. They were asked to do tough things like stepping off [base] intentionally. They have not been asked to do that before.

“It does not do us any good or Sumner any good to stay out there. The tough thing was rotating everybody in and get our pitchers work. You can’t, but you try your best.”

Ottawa scored 11 runs on 11 hits in the first inning and nine runs on nine hits in the second inning.

Senior Hannah Hedges had three hits and four RBIs. Senior MyKenna Hadl had two hits and three RBIs. Corie Fischer also had three RBIs.

“They were seeing the ball well,” Serna said. “They know they can attack.

“They need to carry it over on Tuesday.”

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