Ottawa will have plenty of baseball action today through the weekend.
The American Legion team plays two doubleheaders today and Tuesday, along with its alumni game Sunday, and the Ottawa River Bandits kick off a three-game homestand 5:05 p.m. today against the Junction City Brigade at Alumni Park, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa. That adds up to eight baseball games between today and Tuesday played in Ottawa.
The River Bandit collegiate wood bat team’s second shot at the Brigade (9-6) takes place 5:05 p.m. each day, Thursday through Saturday.
The team was swept last week by Junction City, and has lost 14 straight since winning its season opener. That includes two losses Monday and Tuesday against the now East Division-leading Midwest A’s (11-3). The two wins enabled the A’s (Belton, Missouri) to leapfrog the Baldwin City Blues (10-4) for the Mid-Plains League East Division lead as of today. Ottawa remains last place in the West Division (1-14), just behind the Sabetha Lobos (3-10).
The A’s unleashed a fury of offense in Monday’s game at Ottawa, routing the River Bandits 20-6. It was the most runs allowed by Ottawa this season. It was 11-0 A’s after the top of the second inning thanks to a seven-run top of the first. Ottawa got two runs back in the bottom of the second, but didn’t score again until putting together a four-run fifth inning, by which time Midwest had a 17-2 advantage.
In the fifth, Brandon Miller, Ottawa University infielder, belted a two-run bomb over the left field fence that spurred the Bandit’s best offensive inning.
Ottawa fell behind early again in Tuesday’s game in Belton. The A’s scored four in the first and three in the second to build a 7-0 lead. The home team continued to add on, capping off with a five-run bottom of the fifth that gave them a 13-0 lead before Ottawa got on the board.
Ottawa’s Trenton Ferguson, Barton County Community College pitcher/outfielder, tossed 4 1/3 innings, striking out two.