EMPORIA — Ottawa’s junior Legion season came to a close Saturday.
The Post 60 A’s came up with some strong performances over the weekend at their Zone Tournament in Soden’s Grove, 1000 S. Commercial St., Emporia. Despite picking up a couple W’s, Ottawa was eliminated Saturday, ending its season.
The A’s topped Chanute in their opening game Friday 8-3, and fell in the late game 8-2 against eventual Zone champion Emporia. Ottawa topped Garnett 19-8 Saturday to stay alive before falling to Chanute 4-2 in the elimination game. The A’s had a 2-1 lead before Chanute stormed back.
“Yes it was tough, and I know the boys didn’t really have much to say as in, ‘Hey we’ve already beat these guys, lets beat them again,’” Scott Snethen, A’s head coach, said. “We’ve had a tough time all year playing that second game. We knew it was going to be tough. We didn’t have a break and they did, and it was hot.”
Despite the tough loss, Snethen said his team did a great job of fighting all season long.
“When we first started the season, we had a hard time with the basic fundamentals of the game — the hitting, the fielding,” he said. “By the time we were done, I say we improved in both areas dramatically.
“From beginning to end I think we improved totally as a ball club. The guys coming together, and becoming a team at the end of the season was remarkable. They did a great job.”
Ottawa finished 14-17 on the season.