After winning their third straight Zone championship this past weekend, the Arrows look to extend another impressive streak.
Ottawa Post 60 is gunning for its third consecutive American Legion AAA state championship starting July 26 when the Arrows host the state tournament from Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. As of Monday afternoon, six of the eight team field were locked in out of Zone action — Ottawa, Chanute, Hays, Leavenworth, Great Bend and Oskaloosa — with two spots yet to be determined. Ottawa plays 8 p.m. Wednesday against Hays in the opening round.
The final two state-qualifying teams will come out of the Zone 5 and 6 Tournaments played this week in Newton. The Zone 5 championship is set to be played roughly 8 p.m. Wednesday, and the Zone 6 championship is set for 6 p.m. Thursday. Teams in that tournament include — Nickerson (21-5), Arkansas City (17-15), Salina (16-15), Wichita (12-12) and Newton (11-15).
Out of the six state-qualifying teams thus far, Ottawa has played two this season, going 4-1 against Chanute, and 1-1 against Oskaloosa.
CHANUTE — It was a defining win over Chanute Post 170 that crowned Ottawa Zone champions yet again.
The Arrows strung together a strong 13-5 victory over the Zone host team Sunday to sweep a quick tournament schedule. They topped Neosho County 14-1 in four innings in the opening round Saturday.
Against Chanute, Ottawa snagged a 3-0 lead after one inning thanks to a two-RBI double by Dalton Rankin, infielder. Fellow infielder Owen Lamar smacked a 3-2 RBI single to score Rankin.
Chanute stormed back in the next frame to tie the game, but the Arrows strung together quality at-bats over the next two innings.
Trevor Boehm, Arrows catcher, grounded out to the third baseman with the bases-loaded to score Chance Crowley, pitcher/outfielder, in the bottom of the second. In the next at-bat, Trenton Ferguson, pitcher/outfielder, grounded out to the shortstop to score Keegan Finch, outfielder, to put Ottawa up 5-3.
Brock Huddlestun, infielder, knocked an RBI double in the bottom of the third to score Lamar, and then scampered home himself from third on a wild pitch. Boehm picked up his second and third RBI’s of the game on a double later in the inning to score Finch and Jared Parenti, outfielder, giving Ottawa a 9-3 cushion.
Chanute hung around after picking up two runs in the top of the fifth, but Ottawa shut the door in the bottom of the sixth. An errant throw that went over the first baseman’s head in an attempt to get Boehm out in the sixth ended with Ottawa scoring two runs. Parenti scored from second on the error, and Boehm circled the diamond to make it 11-5. RBIs by Donovan Sutti, infielder, and Lamar capped off the run-rule victory.
Ferguson pitched six innings to pick up his sixth win on the mound this season.