SPRING HILL — The Lady Cyclones suffered their first loss of the season, but still took one of two from a league rival.
The Ottawa High School softball team trounced Spring Hill 11-3 in Game 1 Thursday on the road. The team fell 10-9 in the nightcap in walk-off fashion with the Lady Broncos scratching across the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh.
In the second game, OHS was down 2-1 before the team erupted for five runs in the top of the third and three more in the top of the fourth. Five consecutive singles from Justine Kennington, junior; Alli Kerns, junior; Kamryn Shaffer, senior; Jocelyn Woods, senior; and Jenna DeVore, senior, got things going in the third. Shaffer belted a two-run homer in the fourth to help give her team a 9-2 lead.
Spring Hill responded by putting up six runs in the bottom of the fourth, another in the bottom of the fifth, and holding the Lady Cyclones scoreless over the final three frames.
Ottawa’s offense put on a clinic in the first game, scoring 11 runs on 18 hits. Seven of those runs came in the top of the first when the team opened the game with seven consecutive singles. Both Shaffer and Kennington hit triples late in the game. They both, along with freshman Lauren Curtis, scored two runs apiece.
Ottawa (5-1) plays in the Fort Scott Quad starting 4:30 p.m. Monday. The team plays two games with the second scheduled for 6;30 p.m. The quad is a reschedule from March 27.