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Pitching carries Ottawa baseball to wins

By The Herald Staff | 5/1/2012

LOUISBURG — Pitching is single biggest asset in baseball. The Ottawa High School staff has been lights out for most of the season.

Isaac Carter and Connor Goedert completely shut down Louisburg Tuesday in Louisburg. The Wildcats managed just one run in two games

LOUISBURG — Pitching is single biggest asset in baseball. The Ottawa High School staff has been lights out for most of the season.

Isaac Carter and Connor Goedert completely shut down Louisburg Tuesday in Louisburg. The Wildcats managed just one run in two games

Carter carved up the Wildcats to spearhead Ottawa to a 1-0 win in the opener. Goedert took care of Louisburg with his arm and bat in the 11-1 victory in the nightcap.

“Our pitching has been consistent the last 10 games,” Ottawa coach Shawn Herrmann said.

Carter was efficient with 80 pitches and had at least eight strikeouts.

“He is pitching with confidence,” Herrmann said of Carter. “He works really fast. He is challenging hitters.”

 The nightcap was the seniors’ game as all eight seniors started. Goedert hurled one of his best games.

“He was pumping it up there,” Herrmann said. “It is the hardest I have seen him throw.”

Goedert ended the game in the fifth inning with a mammoth two-run home run. He just missed a home run in his previous at-bat.

“He was patient ... waiting for his pitch,” Herrmann said.

Ottawa pounced on an Louisburg error for the only run of the opener.

The bats broke loose in the nightcap. Herrmann said Ottawa put the ball in play.

“The wind held the ball up,” Herrmann said.

The doubleheader was moved from Ottawa to Louisburg because of wet conditions.

Ottawa (13-3) plays Friday at defending state champion St. James.

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