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Ottawa Legion AA has cohesive group

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 6/4/2014

The Ottawa American Legion AA squad is used to playing with each other.

Many of them will be in different roles.

The Ottawa American Legion AA squad is used to playing with each other.

Many of them will be in different roles.

Ten of the 12 players played on the Ottawa High School team this past spring. Jordan Morton and Jamie Soderberg played for the Legion in past years and is coming back to play after their freshmen year of college.

“It should be a fun one to play with all the guys again,” Connor Stepp said. “You know what to expect.

“We can react off each other’s actions. We don’t have to think about it.”

Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann likes the mix of players.

“Most of these guys will be back with me next year,” he said. “Morton and Soderberg I have had before.

“I know they can play multiple positions. They are anxious to play again.”

Herrmann is going to move players around a lot.

“We have 12 guys that can play multiple positions,” he said. “I will try to move batting orders around a little bit. Everybody is going to be in the game all the time.”

Herrmann will be mixing the seasoned vets with the younger players such as Blaine Ray, Keegan Finch and Drew Snider.

“We are going to rely on them a lot for next two or three years,” Herrmann said of that trio.

Stepp said the players like to play multiple positions.

“It gets us out of our comfort zone,” Stepp said. “We will change it up a little bit and show some new looks.”

Pitching will be an area where Ottawa needs to improve.

“We have a lot of guys that can pitch,” Herrmann said. “We have no superstar pitching. Nathan [Roth] will be our ace. He is been doing it for a long time.”

Stepp said, “Main thing is a lot of us are going to get more experience pitching.

“We found out that was our weak spot against Paola [in high school]. We have to have that certain mindset.”

That mindset is to throw strikes.

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