The Lady Cyclones finally got their season opener in Thursday with strong results.

The Ottawa High School softball team swept visiting Sumner Academy 17-2 and 15-0 in the doubleheader at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W Second St., Ottawa. OHS run-ruled Sumner in three innings in both games.

“I think it was a good start to our season,” Amber Harris, first-year OHS head softball coach, said. “We definitely have a lot to work on, but it is nice to see what we have.”

Ottawa hit consistently, was aggressive on the bases and took advantage of several defensive errors by Sumner Academy. One of the team’s biggest hits came from Kamryn Shaffer, senior pitcher/shortstop, who belted a one-out grand slam over the left field fence in the bottom of the second of the first game to give the Lady Cyclones a 16-1 lead.

Both Shaffer and teammate Bailey Bones, senior, made appearances on the mound.

Ottawa (2-0) plays Tuesday at Orlis Cox in a doubleheader against De Soto for its league opener.


FORT SCOTT — The Cyclone prep baseball team split its season-opening tournament Thursday.

Ottawa fell to Olathe West 6-3 and shut out Tonganoxie 9-0. The team is set to play noon today for fifth place against Grove, Oklahoma at the LaRoche Sports Complex, 4805 Campbell Drive, Fort Scott.

OHS fell behind Olathe West 6-1, and rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth before the game ended. Seniors Jonny Nash and Jared Parenti combined for the five-inning shutout on the mound against Tonganoxie.