Arrows remain in contention for state semifinals with walk-off win
The Ottawa Arrows are in position to advance to Saturday’s championship semifinals of the American Legion Senior Tournament in Pittsburg.
The Arrows and Pittsburg are 1-1 in pool play after Ottawa’s 6-5 nine-inning walk-off victory Thursday night.
The Kansas Senators are 2-0 after two days, while the Hays Eagles are 0-2. All four teams are still alive to advance to the semifinals.
The simplest way for Ottawa to advance is an Arrows win Friday over Hays coupled with a Senators win over Pittsburg in the final game of pool play.
An Ottawa loss to Hays coupled with a Pittsburg loss makes it a three-way tie at 1-2. An Ottawa win and and Pittsburg victory would make it a three-way tie between the Arrows, Senators and Pittsburg at 2-1.
Ottawa (16-21) plays Hays at around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The Arrows stayed in the hunt with the walk-off victory. Ryan Laurie earned a walk with the bases loaded to force in the winning run, it was his second walk-off RBI this season.
Lane Altic and Carson Hein combined for the victory. Altic tossed six innings and was pulled after reaching the 105-pitch limit.
Hein went the final three frames.
The win was the first victory at the state tournament since 2017 when the Arrows captured the state title.