High school baseball: American Fork's Riley Ottesen impresses with the White Sox watching
AMERICAN FORK — American Fork senior ace Riley Ottesen has two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions — all on a sesame seed bun.
In other words, the senior pitcher has all the toppings for each and every pitch he hurls.
His arsenal was on full display Thursday at American Fork High with the Chicago White Sox in attendance. With his fastball clocking at 93 miles per hour and his curveball leaving batters guessing, Ottesen shut out previously unbeaten Cottonwood as the Cavemen rolled 13-0 in five innings.
“(Riley) did a great job on the mound. He competed,” American Fork coach Jared Ingersoll said. “Anytime he’s up there and we play good defense behind him, which we did today, our guys kind of get momentum. When Riley’s on the mound we’re kind of a little bit different team.”
The MLB scouts scouting Ottesen, who improved to 2-0 this season, are becoming regular guests at American Fork games.
“I figured there’d probably be some guys,” Ingersoll said. “He’s had some really good looks from those organizations. He’s been in those situations before and knows that people are looking at him. He expects it.”
The Cavemen (3-1) took a 2-0 lead off an RBI single by Zac Willis in the first inning. Willis finished 3 for 3 at the plate with four RBIs.
Following a quick second, American Fork exploded. After Brock Lamb cranked a leadoff double to start the third, the Cavemen scored eight runs with RBI singles from Koy Dibb, Kody Hall, Emmett Green, Ottesen, two from Willis (who batted twice in the inning), and another run behind a walk with the bases loaded.
With every American Fork batter in the lineup capable of putting the ball in play, the Colts (4-1) didn't have an answer.
“We’ve just learned a little bit from games in our past,” Ingersoll said. “Sometimes we try and get a little big as hitters, but today we just stayed within ourselves and we were really unselfish in our bats and it showed up today.
“The guys were really disciplined in their approaches and we were able to go station to station — got a couple big hits and broke it open.”
Green added another two-run RBI double in the bottom of the fourth.