Today’s series finale is only the beginning of a long stretch of local games for the River Bandits. Ottawa’s collegiate wood bat baseball team plays 5:05 p.m. today at Alumni Park, 624 E. 11th St., Ottawa, against the Junction City Brigade to cap off a three-game series. Ottawa returns to action 5:05 p.m. Monday at home to kick off a two-game series against the Baldwin City Blues. The team plays at Baldwin City 7 p.m. Tuesday, and is right back at home to host a three-game series Thursday through Saturday against the Sabetha Lobos. With this schedule, the River Bandits close out June with seven of eight games at home, the lone road game a short road trip to Baldwin City.
Ottawa (1-15 as of Friday afternoon) looks to steer its season in the right direction in the homestand. The team fell to Junction City 11-6 in the series opener Thursday. It was the closest game for the Bandits in their last nine contests. Results from Friday’s game were not available at press time.
The Bandits nearly rallied Thursday after falling behind early. The Brigade built up an 8-0 lead into the fifth inning, thanks in part to a five-run top of the third. Ottawa scored three in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-6. Junction City scored a run each in the top of the eighth and the ninth, and Ottawa’s rall fell short.
Ottawa University pitcher Lucas Dwyer went four innings to start and teammate Logan Wheelan tossed the final five frames. Wheelan recorded two strikeouts.
Trenton Ferguson, Barton County Community College outfielder, and Tyler Henry, Kansas City Kansas Community College outfielder, led the Bandits with four quality at-bats each.
Junction City pitcher Christian Rawlings, North Dakota State University, struck out the maximum batters (12) through four innings pitched.