NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — A magical season is over.
The Ottawa Post 60 Arrows fell to Tennessee state champion Columbia Post 19 8-3 Thursday in the elimination game of the Mid-South Regional at John Ryan Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Despite back-to-back losses sending the Arrows home, Brian Long, head coach, said his team had a lot of reasons to hold its head high.
“I’m happy with the way that they came down here and did what they needed to do to represent the state of Kansas, and represent Ottawa,” he said in his KOFO radio postgame interview. “We didn’t get a win, but overall with the conduct of our guys, we did a lot of things that should make our hometown proud.”
The game was a much tighter contest than the final score indicates. A two-out RBI single to left-centerfield by Dalton Rankin, Arrows shortstop, drove in Trevor Boehm, catcher, in the bottom of the first to tie the game at 1-1. Ottawa knotted up the score again at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth off an RBI double by Donovan Sutti, third baseman, that drove in Boehm. Sutti picked up another RBI on a groundout to score Jared Parenti, outfielder, in the bottom of the eighth that put Ottawa within one run, 4-3.
Columbia, though, put a thick cushion on its lead in the top of the ninth inning, scoring four runs. After a 40-minute rain delay, Ottawa came to bat in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t muster a rally.
“We were in the game the whole time,” Long said. “It’s disappointing it ended this way, but we were much more prepared. We just had that one inning where it got away from us. We weren’t able to throw strikes, which was the story for the whole tournament.”
Ottawa finishes the season 33-11.