Early errors haunt Ottawa 16s vs. Peru

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Dirtbags came out flat for their game Sunday afternoon against the Peru All-Stars, and that initial effort, ultimately, was what hurt them.

Peru scored three times its first two trips to the plate — the latter two of those runs unearned — before eventually having to hang on to edge Ottawa 4-3 in a winners’ bracket contest of the Senior League (16-and-Under) District 20 Tournament at Masinelli Field.

Peru came out swinging the bats during the opening frame. After a one-out walk was issued to Max Carruthers, Jake Wagner and Ben Bernabei followed with back-to-back line-drive singles into right field, Bernabei’s scoring Carruthers.

A pair of Ottawa errors in the top of the second inning resulted in two more Peru runners crossing the dish, and Peru led 3-0 early. Carson Camenisch and Carruthers each brought in a run via those infield errors. Peru also got a leadoff double from Carter Moss.

Ottawa got on the board in the bottom of the third. With two outs, John Bruner singled up the middle. His special pinch runner, Nolan McCoy (two runs scored), proceeded to steal second base. Keegan Sarver then drove home McCoy with a liner into center.

Peru got that run right back in the fourth inning, as Nathan Hachenberger coaxed a two-out, bases-loaded walk. Ottawa scored twice during the bottom half — getting a sacrifice fly from Andrew Petty and an RBI single by Wyatt Hill — to make it a one-run ballgame, 4-3, through four innings of play.

The Dirtbags made things interesting during their final at-bat. James Lang led off the home half of the seventh inning for Ottawa by reaching on an error before advancing to second base on a wild pitch. However, he wound up being orphaned at third, as Peru pitcher Alex Lenkaitis retired the next three batters to end the game.

“You know, when we got those two runs and got it to 4-3,…