Ottawa is looking on the positive side in the wake of a nine-game skid.
“At the end of the day, it is baseball and we are having fun,” Alex Lownes, Ottawa River Bandits coach, said. “We try to find a positive out of every situation and keep on showing up. It is a grind, but we can turn it around.”
The Bandits (1-9) dropped two games against the Liberty Monarchs in Monday and Tuesday’s inter-division home/away series. The Monarchs run-ruled Ottawa’s collegiate wood bat baseball team 17-5 Monday in Ottawa, and won Tuesday in Liberty, Missouri, 9-3.
Ottawa scored four runs in the bottom of the first in Monday’s home contest at Alumni Park, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa. That gave the team an early 4-2 lead, but the Monarchs swiftly responded with five runs in the top of the second. The Bandits got only one more run across over the next six innings — a solo shot off the bat of Jacob Pryor, Allen County Community College first baseman, in the bottom of the third.
The following day, Ottawa found itself in a 0-0 deadlock until Liberty broke things open with a five-run bottom of the third. The closest the River Bandits came was when they cut the lead to 6-3 with a two-run top of the sixth.
Trenton Ferguson, Ottawa native and Barton County Community College outfielder/pitcher, tossed six innings Tuesday, recording four strikeouts. He added an RBI on offense. Reece Skiles, Ottawa University infielder, had three hits.
Liberty finished the two-game series with 26 runs on 28 hits, while Ottawa had eight runs on 13 hits.
The River Bandits stay on the road for a three-game series Thursday through Saturday at the Junction City Brigade (6-4). Junction City split its Monday/Tuesday series against the Kansas City Knights. All three games are set to start 7 p.m.
“We’ve got some guys who are injured who can definitely help us out, and some guys who have other obligations where they can’t make it sometimes,” Lownes said. “If they give it their all, that is all I can ask for.”