Seniors Kamryn Shaffer and Jocelyn Woods homered, and the Ottawa High School softball team split with Baldwin Tuesday.
The Lady Cyclones won Game 1 10-9 and fell in Game 2 10-6 at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. They fell in a close game Friday evening at Lawrence Free State, 8-7.
Shaffer hit a two-run bomb to center in the bottom of the second in Game 1 against Baldwin, following a three-RBI double by Alli Kerns to extend the team’s lead to 7-1.
Baldwin came all the way back, scoring twice in the top of the third and frenzy-hitting its way to a six-run top of the fourth.
The Lady Bulldog’s 9-7 lead was short-lived. Woods hit a two-run dinger to left to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth.
The winning run came in the bottom of the sixth via a one-out RBI single by Jenna DeVore, senior, that scored Shaffer. DeVore was tagged out reaching for second base. Shaffer returned to the mound in the top of the seventh, closing out the game with back-to-back strikeouts to secure the win.
Baldwin scored seven runs (two in the top of the sixth and five in the top of the seventh) to take a 10-1 lead in Game 2. Ottawa’s offense awoke for five runs in the bottom of the frame, but it was too little, too late.
“We have to come out strong,” Amber Harris, OHS head softball coach, said. “We came out dead and we can’t wait until the seventh inning to get going. That is the big thing. We have it offensively and we can do it, but we have to start early.”
Lauren Curtis, freshman, scored two of Ottawa’s six runs in Game 2.
The Lady Cyclones are back in action 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for a home doubleheader against Louisburg on Senior Night.