The Arrows came back with a vengeance to split with Chanute Thursday.
After falling in the first game of the doubleheader at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa, the Ottawa Post 60 American Legion Arrows dominated the nightcap. Ottawa fell 14-8 in Game 1 and run-ruled Chanute in five innings in Game 2, 9-1.
Ottawa’s Wyatt Johnston kept his opponent to just two hits from the mound in Game 2. He walked zero and struck out seven to pick up the win. Chanute scored its lone run in the top of the first inning before the bats went silent.
Owen LaMar tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first with an RBI single. The Arrows then erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead. LaMar drove in two more, and teammates Spencer Mayes, Cameron Reynolds, Brody Mundell and Johnston all collected RBI singles.
Johnston ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a no-out RBI single that drove in Jose Richards.
The victory was a stark contrast to Game 1. Ottawa took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on two errors. A pop-up by Reynolds was dropped in centerfield that allowed Tanner Botkin to score from first base. Reynolds then scored on a double steal when the catcher’s throw to second base got past the man covering into the outfield.
Chanute responded by scoring five runs in the top of the third, all while Ottawa recorded just one out.
A run scored by Botkin when Mayes reached on an error in the bottom of the third cut into the lead. Richards hit an RBI single up the middle that made it 6-4.
Chanute, however, continued to add to their lead. Four runs in the top of the fourth made it 10-4, and the team took a 14-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Ottawa made a late charge with four runs in the final frame thanks in part to a home run by LaMar, but it was too little, too late.
The Arrows host Junction City for a doubleheader starting 6 p.m. Tuesday from Orlis Cox. The second annual Pete Cearfoss Memorial Golf Tournament is 2 p.m. today at Great Life Golf, 1001 E. Logan St., Ottawa, and the annual Ottawa American Legion Baseball Alumni Game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Orlis Cox.