Jared Parenti and the Cyclone defense gave fans a show on a windy home opener Tuesday. The senior pitcher/outfielder tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in the nightcap against De Soto at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. The 1-0 win gave Ottawa High School baseball a split with its league opponent after the Wildcats won Game 1 7-2.
“I was struggling the first inning for sure, but after that I found my control and had some guys make some plays for me,” Parenti said. “I just trusted my defense.”
Parenti also scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when teammate Cameron Reynolds, junior, knocked an infield RBI base hit to the shortstop to drive in the tiebreaker from third.
Ottawa bounced back after struggling offensively against De Soto pitcher Conner Mackay, senior, in Game 1.
“It is early in the season and it has been so inconsistent with playing time and practice time,” Shawn Herrmann, OHS head baseball coach, said. “It is hard to get in a rhythm. We are still trying to figure out what kind of team we are.”
Ottawa (2-2) will face quality competition starting April 19 at the 3&2 Tournament in Shawnee.