FORT SCOTT — Cyclone baseball got past the first round, but ran into one of the top teams in 4A. Ottawa High School’s season was cut short in Tuesday’s 4A regional title game after falling 14-2 at Fort Scott.
Ottawa, the No. 7-seed in the Fort Scott regional, edged Paola 6-5 in the first round. Fort Scott came into the championship game 19-1 after beating Louisburg 11-3.
The Cyclones grabbed the early lead, scoring both of their runs in the top of the second to go up 2-1. It was all Tigers from there on out with the home team scoring four runs in the second and nine in the third to secure a spot at state after five innings.
Ottawa’s offense fared better against Paola, scoring two runs each in the first and second innings to go up 4-0. Paola came back with two in the third and three in the fifth to lead 5-4. OHS answered with two runs in the sixth and a shutout inning from pitcher Daidrien Aho to advance.
Jackson Murphy pitched 4.2 innings, striking out five. Aho struck out four in 2.1 innings.
Ottawa finishes its season 10-9.