Arrows shine in Pittsburg tourney

The Herald Staff

PITTBBURG — The Ottawa Arrows put together a sterling weekend in the Pittsburg Tournament.

The Ottawa American Legion baseball squad compiled a 3-1 mark in the first tournament of the year.

The Arrows defeated the Gladstone Owls and Pittsburg Junior Legion by identical 9-5 scores on Saturday. Gladstone got a measure of revenge Sunday morning, handing Ottawa a 7-3 loss. The Arrows concluded the tourney Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over the Complete Game Indians.

Ottawa played its best game of the year to nip the Indians.

Lane Altic tossed a complete game, surrendering six hits. It was Ottawa’s top pitching performance of the season. Ottawa scored two runs in the fourth to take the lead at 3-2. In the fifth, added added a run on Blake Ohlmeier’s RBI single.

Ottawa fell behind the Gladstone Owls in Sunday’s rematch and never recovered. The Owls led 5-0 after two innings. Ottawa mustered just four hits.

Ottawa jumped on Pittsburg early with a four-run second inning to take a 4-1 lead. Ottawa added one in the third inning on Espinosa’s RBI single.

Pittsburg scored two in the fourth to slice the Arrows’ lead to 5-3. Ottawa answered with four runs on four hits in the fifth inning to give Ottawa a 9-3 cushion. Espinosa, Quinton Carver and Brady Beets drove in the runs with hits.

The game was called in the sixth inning because of the two-hour time limit as Ottawa was threatening again. Aidan Michel was the winning pitcher, tossing 4.1 innings. He gave up four hits and had five strikeouts.

Ottawa opened the tournament with the win over the Owls. The Arrows took advantage of 10 Gladstone errors.

Ottawa led 3-2 after the first inning. Two errors led to the runs. Ottawa added a run in the third inning to lead 4-2 and three in the fourth to forge a 7-2 lead. The Owls committed four errors in the inning.

The Owls scored three in the fifth inning to crawl close at 7-5. Ottawa scored two in the sixth inning to sew up the game.

Cole Swanson tossed 4.2 innings to get the win. Carson Hein pitched 1.1 innings and Ayden Alterman tossed the seventh inning to complete the win.

Ottawa (6-7) plays 6 p.m. Wednesday at home against Newton. The Knights swept Ottawa last week in Newton.

Ottawa plays a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Thursday in Garnett against the Muddogs. Earlier this season, Ottawa run-ruled Garnett, 15-0, in Ottawa.