Ottawa has a date with a not-so-new face, then it’s on to postseason play.
The Post 60 American Legion Arrows host Silver Lake in doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. today at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. It is the final scheduled regular season doubleheader before Ottawa kicks off Zone Friday from Katy Park in Chanute. Ottawa’s Zone includes Chanute, Pittsburg, Neosho County and SEK Carter-Rader.
Today marks the second matchup between the Arrows and Silver Lake this season. Ottawa swept the first doubleheader June 27 in Silver Lake 17-3 and 4-3 — the second win coming after Ottawa was down 3-1 heading into the sixth inning.
The Arrows look to build momentum going into the postseason. They are 6-5 since the first Silver Lake doubleheader. During that span, they have scored four or fewer runs in five games.
INDEPENDENCE, Missouri — One of those games included a tough 4-3 loss Friday to host FIKE in the FIKE Wood Bat Tournament at Hidden Valley Sports Complex in Independence, Missouri. The loss dropped the Arrows to 2-2 in the tournament, and 27-8 overall. Their Saturday crossover game was not played Saturday due to a scheduling issue, according to an Ottawa American Legion Baseball tweet.
Ottawa had Owen Lamar, infielder, at second base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but struggled to make key plays when needed. Lamar was tagged out in a rundown between second and third on a ground ball by Donovan Sutti, infielder. Fellow infielder Dalton Rankin hit a single to right field in the ensuing at-bat to put runners on first and second with one away.
Colson Bien, Arrows outfielder, came in to run for Sutti, and Chance Crowley, outfielder, grounded out to second. Ottawa’s baserunners advanced to second and third, and for the second time in the tournament, Ottawa had the tying run at third base with two outs in the final frame in a one-run ballgame — the first time coming in a 1-0 loss Thursday to Blue Valley Northwest. It was also the second time the Arrows couldn’t get their man home. Grant Maxwell, infielder, struck out swinging to end the game. FIKE’s Jackson Rehkow picked up the save after pitching the final frame.
Brock Huddlestun was Ottawa’s starting pitcher, and did not allow a run until the fourth inning when FIKE got an RBI double by Quenton Weld and a RBI single by Rehkow to take a 2-0 lead.
Trevor Boehm, Arrows catcher, put his team on the board in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single.
FIKE came right back with two more runs in the top of the sixth, but Ottawa answered with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. Merrick Brown, Arrows catcher, knocked an RBI single, and Jared Parenti, outfielder, knocked in Maxwell on a ball not fielded cleanly by the FIKE shortstop Mark Walker.