The weather warmed up enough over the weekend for college baseball and softball to get underway. The Ottawa University softball team started 2019 with a 4-0 record, sweeping doubleheaders against Hastings College and Langston University at Kansas City Kansas Community College. OU baseball took three of four games in a pair of doubleheaders at Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Coming off a 37-16 season last year cut short in the KCAC title game, Ottawa started off strong Saturday and Sunday against Hastings and Langston, respectively. The team topped Hastings 6-1 and 5-3, and Langston 4-3 and 9-1.
Alexa Romero, senior infielder, hit the weekend’s lone home run in Game 2 against Hastings. Tomi-Lyn Hickman, sophomore infielder, smacked a two-RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth that would end up being the game-winning hit. OU pitcher Kylee Saunders, freshman, locked down a scorless seventh inning for the save.
Ottawa earned a walk-off victory in Game 1 against Langston. After the Lions rallied in the top of the seventh to tie the game 3-3, Sammie Bates, junior outfielder, walked with the bases loaded to score Allison Kearney, freshman infielder, from third.
The Lady Braves play Friday and Saturday in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas.
WALNUT RIDGE, Arkansas — Strong pitching lifted Braves baseball to a 3-1 start in head coach Gabe Grinder’s first season with the Braves. Eliezer Estrella, senior pitcher, tossed seven scoreless innings in a season-opening 7-0 win Friday. Ottawa fell 1-0 in Friday’s Game 2 via a seventh-inning walk off courtesy of Williams Baptist’s one-out, bases-loaded groundout to short.
The Braves bounced back Saturday with a 7-4 and 4-1 sweep. Will Caro, freshman, got the win on the mound in Game 2, pitching three hitless innings and striking out six. Elliot Antonetty, junior catcher, hit Ottawa’s first home run of the season in the same game.
OU is back in action Saturday and Sunday at Lawrence Free State High School, 4700 Overland Dr., Lawrence, where it will play two games each against Baker University and Hastings College.