Arrows’ hitters struggle against Newton pitchers

Greg Mast
Ottawa third baseman Cole Swanson corrals a sharp hit grounder and records the out at first base in the opener Thursday against Newton. [PHOTO BY GREG MAST/THE OTTAWA HERALD].

The Ottawa Arrows hitters were stifled Tuesday night against Newton at Harvey M. Drake field.

Ottawa mustered just three hits in the doubleheader. Newton pitchers had Ottawa off-balance all night. It resulted in 6-3 and 5-1 losses to the Knights.

“We could not get any [runs] on the board,” Arrows shortstop Brady Beets said. “It was our offense that really killed us. We got to hit. You can have the best defense and pitching, but you have to score runs.“

Ottawa had one hit in the opener and two in the nightcap. Despite the lack of offense, Newton did not run away from Arrows.

The Arrows fell behind early in both games, but never gave up.

“We are always trying to be as competitive as we can,” Beets said. “We stay positive and pick each other up. We are starting to get to know each other better with the tournament this past weekend. We are bonding more. We are having fun. That is the name of the game.”

Ottawa rallied within 5-3 in the opener, but could not come any closer.

“Their pitchers were pretty good,” Beets said. The pitcher in the first game, his screwball broke really well and threw really hard. Even when we made contact, it was right at them. It was not going our way. We did not approach the plate very well. It was the whole team.”

Ottawa’s pitching continues to improve. First game starter Antonio Espinosa scattered six hits in his mound debut.

“He pitched well for the first time,” Beets said. “He kept us in the game. We made some defensive mistakes, but they were also hitting pretty well.”

Ayden Alterman tossed four innings in the nightcap. Brett Hadl went 2.1 innings and Jackson Lytle got the final two outs on three pitches.

“Our pitching was pretty solid,” Beets said.

Ottawa (6-9) plays 6 p.m. Thursday at Garnett against the Muddogs.

Arrows shortstop Brady Beets hustles to first base to beat the throw against Newton Tuesday in Ottawa. The Ottawa offense was limited to three hits in the doubleheader. [PHOTO BY GREG MAST/THE OTTAWA HERALD].