Ottawa takes State over Oz
It took three games over the span of forty hours, but the Ottawa All-Stars finally closed out the Osawatomie All-Stars for the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament title and the right to represent the State of Kansas in the Regional Tournament in Minnesota.
But in the end it wasn’t easy. The Ottawa All-Stars jumped out to a 7-1 lead, on the strength of an outstanding pitching performance by Taylor Graf, who was nearly flawless on the mound for Ottawa. But when Graf tired late in the game, the Oz All Stars took advantage of the situation, scoring six runs in the top of the seventh inning to come all the way back and get the game tied 7-7 and momentarily erase some very bad memories.
Ottawa was not to be denied though, as Jordan Neal scored the winning run, appropriately enough on a triple by Graf to take the 8-7 victory.
Graf, Kaden Shaffer and Tanner Roth all scored in the first inning to give Ottawa a 3-0 lead. Jordan Norton pushed across a run with two outs in the second to increase the lead to 4-0.
Osawatomie cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third, as Jake Allen pushed across the Oz All Stars first run of the game. But Ottawa pushed the lead to 6-1 on runs by Isaac Carter, Greyson LaPalnt and Parker Finch and it looked like Ottawa would cruise to the state championship.
But the Ottawa bats fell silent as the Osawatomie defense stiffened, but the Oz bats were just as cold, and the teams battled through the next three innings with neither team pushing across a run.
The top of the seventh saw Ottawa three outs from a state championship and Oz three outs from elimination. Two days after sending Ottawa to the consolation bracket, Osawatomie had fallen into an offensive slump that saw them lose their first shot at a championship, dropping an 11-1 decision on Monday. But the slump ended in the top of the seventh Oz came out of their slump with a vengeance.
Trever Burkdoll, Austin Chisom, Dustin Ohlemier, Jake Bradley, Jayce Phelps and Noah Miller all scored in the seventh, and when the dust had cleared, the Osawatomie offensive funk was over, and the score stood at 7-7.
In the end, it wasn’t quite enough, as in the end Ottawa would come back on the big hit by Graf, but Osawatomie had proven it belonged in the championship game.
Jake Bradley was named the game MVP for Osawatomie, and Taylor Graf was named game MVP for Ottawa. Joe Pomatto was given the AH(2)P award for the tournament.
The Ottawa All-Stars forced an extra game to decide the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball championship, as they downed Osawatomie 11-1 in five innings on Sunday afternoon in Osawatomie.
Osawatomie had everything going for them, facing a game with no pressure against a team they had beaten earlier in the tournament, and a team that was playing their fourth game in two days, but this one wasn’t even close.
Ottawa scored two runs in the first, a single fun in the third and five runs in the fourth to open an 8-0 lead. Meanwhile the offense that carried Osawatomie to the championship game went into hibernation, as Oz found base runners hard to come by, let alone scoring runs. Austin Chisolm reached safely and advanced to third base in the first inning, but was stranded there. Jayce Phelps and Shay Neal reached base in the second but were left on base. Dustin Ohlmeier reached and advanced to second in the third, but was stranded also.
Chisolm reached again in the sixth and came around to score, but it was the only run for Oz. Ottawa closed the game out in the sixth inning by scoring three runs on only one hit to take the 11-1 victory.
On the day, Jordon Martin scored three runs and Kadden Shaffer two. Taylor Graf, Turner Roth, Isaac Carter, Grayson LaPlant, Tyler Ratliff and Dillon Boeh all scored single runs for Ottawa.
The loss forced the teams to return to play a “winner take all” game on Tuesday at 10:30 for the state championship.
Ottawa win forces extra playoff game
Ottawa to title game
with win over Parsons
The Ottawa All-Stars shook off a loss in the final winners bracket game of the day Sunday and defeatd the Parsons All-Stars to get into the championship game of the Kansas State 14U Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament against Osawatomie on Monday afternoon. Ottawa advanced to play in their second game of the day, against the team that knocked them out of the winners bracket in the first place, as they advance to play the host team Osawatomie.
Ottawa rode a one-hit, shut-out performance on the way to an 11-0 victory to get into the championship game. Ottawa scored three runs in the second, one in the third and fourth, and then followed with four in the fifth and two more in the seventh to take the win.
Taylor Graf, Isaac Carter, and Greyson LaPlant each scored two runs for Ottawa, Jordan Morton, Turner Roth, Ethan Jackson, Zack Williams, and Parker Finch all scored one run each.
Parsons finished the tournament in third place.