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Arrows’ season ends with hard-luck loss

The Herald Staff

The Ottawa American Legion baseball program had a season like no other in its tradition-rich history.

The preseason was met with uncertainty with COVID-19 concerns. Once the restrictions were lifted, it was time to play baseball.

The players worked through rust after not playing their spring high school season. The Arrows needed time to grow together with players coming from nearby towns.

The Arrows accomplished a lot this season. They knocked off the rust and came together as the season progressed. Ottawa recorded its first win over Emporia in three years.

The season ended Saturday with a 1-2 performance in the Wheatland World Series in Buhler. The tourney was ran similar to a state tournament.

Ottawa opened the tourney with an 8-0 loss in five innings to McPherson. The Arrows stayed alive with a 7-3 victory over Great Bend on Saturday morning.

Ottawa’s rematch with McPherson nearly ended with a victory. McPherson rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock off Ottawa, 8-6.

Ottawa came out swinging the bats scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the first inning, but McPherson tied it with four runs in the bottom half.

Ottawa added single runs in the second and third innings to go up 6-4.

McPherson scored one in the fifth inning to come within 6-5. The three-run sixth sent Ottawa down to defeat.

Lane Altic tossed a complete game five-hitter to lead Ottawa by Great Bend.

The Ottawa offense got rolling early with a four-run first inning.

Ottawa scored one in the second to grab a 5-1 lead. The Arrows kept the pressure on by scoring twice in the fifth inning to stretch the lead to 7-1.

Great Bend scored two in the seventh.

Ottawa could not come up with the big hit to drive in runs in the tourney opener. Ottawa stranded seven runners on base.

The Arrows finished the season with an 11-22 record.