BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri — The Arrows got just enough to avoid back-to-back losses Thursday.
Following a 1-0 loss to the Blue Valley Northwest Huskies, the Ottawa Post 60 American Legion baseball team took the night cap in the FIKE Wood Bat Tournament with a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Warrensburg Post 131 at Hidden Valley Sports Complex in Independence, Missouri. Ottawa fell 4-3 in Friday's contest against host FIKE to finish 2-2 in the tournament. Grant Maxwell, Arrows infielder, struck out with two outs and a man on second and third to end the ballgame.
Against Warrensburg, the Arrows (27-8) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning thanks to RBIs by infielders Donovan Sutti and Dalton Rankin.
The lead slipped away when Warrensburg responded with five runs in the top of the second. It was the only inning pitcher Keegan Finch allowed a score. He tossed seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out nine.
Ottawa tied the game in the third inning when Rankin scored from third on a balk by the Warrensburg pitcher. The Arrows retook the lead in the fourth when Colson Bien, outfielder, scored from third on a wild pitch. Trevor Boehm, catcher, gave Ottawa some insurance on an RBI single in the sixth to score Jared Parenti, outfielder.
Boehm threw out Warrensburg’s Lane Hurley at second base for the final out of the ballgame in the top of the seventh.
Ottawa got timely runs against Warrensburg, a stark contrast to its day game against Northwest, where they were shutout for the first time this season.
Parenti tossed a no-hitter on the mound, the only run allowed off a third inning one-out walk, followed by a stolen base and two wild pitches.
The Arrow offense did little to back up his performance, though, managing just three hits against the Huskies. One of those hits came on a lead-off double by Sutti on the first pitch of the seventh frame. Sutti advanced to third on a groundout by Rankin, putting the tying run one base away with two outs. Brock Huddlestun, infielder, flied out to centerfield for the final out of the ballgame.
Ottawa was 0-5 with runners in scoring position against Northwest.