The Cyclones did just enough to secure the top seed in their upcoming regional.
By splitting with Paola in Tuesday’s home doubleheader, Ottawa baseball (14-5) will play 4 p.m. Tuesday against fourth-seeded Louisburg (7-13) at Orlis Cox Sports Complex, 901 W. Second St., Ottawa. Paola (14-6) and Fort Scott (10-8) will face off as the second and third seeds, respectively, in the early game starting at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game 6 p.m. at Orlis Cox.
Ottawa topped Paola 5-2 in Game 1 before falling 16-10 in Game 2 on senior night.
After allowing two runs in the top of the first, senior pitcher Zach Curry tossed a shutout the rest of the game.
The Cyclones responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Keegan Finch, senior, hit a grounder to third with two on. A throwing error by Paola’s third baseman allowed Dreistin Aho, senior, to score. Kaleb Shaffer smacked an RBI single to centerfield in the next at-bat to score Blaine Ray, senior outfielder, tying the game 2-2.
Senior Trenton Ferguson cracked a 3-2 ground ball down the left field line in the sixth that stayed just fair to give Ottawa runners at second and third with nobody out. Drew Bones then hit a ground ball that skipped off the third baseman’s glove, allowing Shaffer to score from third. Following a sac bunt by senior Zach Kerns to move runners up to second and third, junior Jared Parenti was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Junior Chandler Bloomer hit a 3-2 single that got by the first baseman to score two, giving Ottawa the 5-2 lead for good.
The Cyclones wrap up the regular season with a 4:30 p.m. home contest today against Spring Hill.