Cavalry swept by Ottawa
Homers by Terrill, Pratt not enough in twinbill loss
Ottawa Jeff Terrill smashed two home runs and Joran Pratt hit one, but it wasn't enough as the Lansing Cavalry fell apart with errors in a pair of losses Wednesday night against Ottawa.
The Cyclones won game one 20-12 and then took game two by a 13-3 margin.
"We hit rock-bottom," Cavalry coach Jake Hanson said of the losses.
Despite a late arrival to the field, the Cavalry appeared focused and ready to play when they came to bat in the top of the first in game one. Pratt ripped a home run as part of a six-run first inning. Lansing added three more runs in the second and went ahead 9-0 on Terrill's first home run of the game. He added a second blast in the fifth, but errors plagued the Lansing defense. Ottawa steadily climbed back into the game as it took advantage of a series of errors.
The Cyclones tied the game at 12-12 in the fifth and then plated eight runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to reach the final margin of victory.
The Cavalry never got going in game two. Terrill started on the mound in the nightcap and lasted just 2/3 of an inning. Ottawa took advantage of five first-inning walks and scored four times. More errors added to the problems and Lansing never recovered.
"It was unbelievable," Hanson said of the defensive miscues. "I don't even know what the error count was, but it was bad. I've never seen anything like that before. It was kind of like what we've talked about before. Any ground ball ..."
The Cavalry now will take a week off and then return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a doubleheader at Basehor.