Raiders drop doubleheader to Ottawa


The Osawatomie Raiders had every right to be tired as they took on Ottawa in a double header on Monday, June 28, 2010. After all, they had just come off a ten day stretch where they had played in and won their own tournament on June 19 and 20, then they played a pair of double headers against Fort Scott and Garnett, and then they traveled to Pratt where they place third in that tournament.

DSC0088 That’s a lot of games in a short amount of time, even for a bunch of kids, and when Ottawa came calling, the Raiders had a bunch of tired arms, and it showed, as the visitors took advantage of 14 Raider walks to get out of town with a pair of victories by scores of 7-3 and 9-6.

In the first game, the Raiders jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, using a two out Spencer Booe single to plate the first run of the game.

But Ottawa effectively put the game out of reach in the top of the third as Jake Devore crushed a grand slam home run over the center field fence to give Ottawa a 4-1 lead, which they increased to 5-1 before the inning was over. Ottawa added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to pull away for the 7-3 victory.

All the Raiders could muster through the remainder of the game were single runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth Daine Needham reached safely on an error to lead off the inning and scored on back to back singles by Austin Porter and Riley Divine. In the fifth, Brandt Johnson got a two out single, and scored on back to back singles by Travis Marsh and Needham to make the final score 7-3.

In the second game, the Raiders again scored first, as Spencer Booe led off with a walk and scored to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Osawatomie pushed the lead to 2-0 in the second as Cody Wiseman was hit by a pitch and scored to give Osawatomie a 2-0 lead.

Ottawa came back in the top of the third to grab a 3-2 lead, but the Raiders regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Porter led off the inning by reaching safely on an error and was followed by Austin Chisam with a single. Both runners came around to score, giving the Raiders a 4-3 lead after three complete.

Ottawa came back to score six runs in the top of the fourth inning on three walks, a hit batter, one error and one hit, putting the Raiders in a 9-4 hole. The good news was the Raiders had another rally in them, as they put two runs on the board to cut the Ottawa lead to three at 9-6, but the bad news was that was all they could muster, and the visitors skated out of town with a pair of victories.

In the inning, Marsh led off with a single to right and scored on a double to left by Daine Needham. Porter followed by reaching safely on a fielders choice before scoring the Raiders final run of the game to make the score 9-6.

The Raiders will will be in action again over the weekend as they travel to Chanute over the Independence Day Holiday weekend to take part in the Chanute Tournament.