Brian Long said his team is a group of cowboys. Once they get bucked off, they want to get back on.
Ottawa will get its second shot at Hays 10 a.m. Saturday at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa, this time with the season on the line for both squads in the American Legion AAA State Tournament. Hays defeated Ottawa Wednesday in the tournament opener.
"We've made it through three straight elimination games," Long, Arrows head coach, said. "That is something we need to continue."
Two of those three wins came on Friday. Ottawa topped Nickerson 5-2 in the early afternoon game, and then rival Chanute 5-2 in the nightcap. Hays dropped its Friday contest to Great Bend 10-7.
Jared Parenti tossed a gem against Chanute, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings before hitting the max pitch count before the final batter. He was backed up by three Ottawa runs in the top of the fifth, and two in the sixth inning after the Arrows spent much of the contest down 1-0.
Chance Crowley stuck out eight and walked four over six innings against Nickerson to pick up the win. The Arrows had just four hits in the contest, but were aided by four Nickerson errors.