Ottawa has come all the way back. Five straight wins, and the team that dropped its opening round state tournament game Wednesday night is now playing for its third consecutive title 10 a.m. Sunday at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa.
The Arrows pulled out a come-from-behind 6-5 walk off win against Hays in the first game Saturday, and then annihilated the only team yet to lose in the tournament, the Great Bend Chiefs, 9-1 in the second game. They will see Great Bend again Sunday for the season finale.
Ottawa gained a 4-1 lead through three innings against the Chiefs. That score stayed consistent until the Arrows unloaded five runs in the top of the seventh aided by a three-run home run by Dalton Rankin, pitcher. Rankin allowed just four hits over seven innings on the mound.
Brock Huddlestun, first baseman, was the hero for Ottawa against the Hays Eagles in a wild early game. After Hays took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh, Huddlestun came up to bat with two outs, runners on first and third and the season on the line. He clocked a pitch to the fence in right-center allowing Donovan Sutti, third baseman, and Owen Lamar, second baseman, to score from third and first respectively.
The Arrow's victory over Hays was by the closest margin of the tournament, and ended the Eagles' season after Hays had beaten Ottawa in Wednesday's state opener.