Friday, July 25, 2014

Legion A hitters on top of game

By The Herald Staff | 7/2/2014

The Ottawa Legion A bats were in high gear Tuesday in sweeping West Franklin, 12-3 and 9-2, in Ottawa.

“We got a lot of production out of the top to middle of our order,” Ottawa coach Brian Long said. “It is usually a good result when you have 12 hits and score 12 runs.”

The Ottawa Legion A bats were in high gear Tuesday in sweeping West Franklin, 12-3 and 9-2, in Ottawa.

“We got a lot of production out of the top to middle of our order,” Ottawa coach Brian Long said. “It is usually a good result when you have 12 hits and score 12 runs.”

Brock Huddlestun, the winning pitcher, and Trenton Ferguson had three hits each in the opener. Huddlestun had four RBIs. He did not allow an earned run and had six strikeouts.

“Brock threw the ball well for us and we need him to continue to do so,” Long said. “Kody Mitchell came in to finish the game and did a great job of pitching with a lead.”

Driestin Aho and Camden Bien combined to limit West Franklin to two runs and Ottawa used a small-ball approach to break open a tight game in the nightcap. Ottawa (16-7) broke it open with seven runs in the fourth inning. Andrew Soderberg had a safety squeeze to score a run earlier.

“Driestin and Camden both pitch to contact,” Long said. “They’re not going to strike a lot of batters out, but they will hit their spots and use their defense. Camden came in and got us out of a bases-loaded jam. He’s been very reliable.        

“We hit the ball well off of their pitching, but we need to do that consistently.”

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