BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri — Ottawa got back into the win column.
Post 312 out of St. Charles, Missouri, gave Ottawa all it could handle, but the Post 60 Arrows ground out a 4-3 victory Wednesday afternoon in their opening game of the FIKE Wood Bat Tournament in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Ottawa moved to 26-6 on the season, and continues tournament pool play 3 p.m. today against the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies. They play 8 p.m. today against Post 131 Warrensburg, Missouri, before a 6:30 p.m. Friday showdown with host FIKE. The Blue Valley Northwest game is set to be played at Blue Springs High School, 2000 NW Ashton Dr., Blue Springs, and both the Warrensburg and FIKE matchups will be played at Hidden Valley Sports Complex, 6500 NW Valley View Road, Independence, Missouri.
An early jump gave the Arrows a 2-0 lead over St. Charles after the first half inning. Jared Parenti, Arrows outfielder, took a leadoff walk, stole second, advanced to third and eventually scored off of a wild pitch. Donovan Sutti, Arrows third baseman, made his presence known after a week-long absence from the team by driving in Keegan Finch.
St. Charles answered with single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to knot the score.
Dalton Rankin, Arrows shortstop, had Ottawa’s biggest hit in the top of the fifth when he drove in Sutti and Trenton Ferguson, outfielder, with a two-out double to make it 4-2.
St. Charles got a run back in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run ballgame, but Ottawa pitcher Chance Crowley allowed just one baserunner in the final two innings. He pitched seven innings to go 5-0 on the season.
It marked Ottawa’s first tournament win since June 21. FIKE is the team’s final regular season tournament before postseason play begins.