McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

July 20, 2013

Randy Ott keeps looking forward

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — Randy Ott is older than many of his teammates and opponents in McAlester’s recreational softball league. He regularly goes up against young pups with aggressive swings and quick legs, but a couple of well-placed pitches later, and usually they’re just another couple of outs.

“It just depends on who’s swinging,” Ott said Tuesday. “Some of them, it goes inside, some of them outside. Some of them, you take it low, some of them, you take it high. It just depends on who’s up there and what their power pitch is. Everybody has a power pitch, and you just try to stay away from it.”

Ott, 49, grew up and still lives in Hartshorne. He played football, basketball and baseball for Hartshorne High School, pitching and playing shortstop in the spring.

Despite graduating 30 years ago, Ott still remembers a home run he hit against Ft. Gibson in the championship game of a tournament his sophomore year.

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