While it would be inaccurate to say the Ottumwa baseball team didn’t break a sweat–the gametime temperature was 91 degrees, after all–the Bulldogs had little trouble taking care of business Monday on the road at Des Moines North.
OHS swept a doubleheader from the Polar Bears, taking the opener 8-0 before winning the nightcap 14-3 in five innings. Big second innings bolstered the Bulldogs in both games, as they improved to 6-7 overall, 3-3 in the CIML Metro Conference.
Leadoff hitter Dominic Delehoy had the biggest day for Ottumwa. He hit a two-run double and had a pair of walks in game one, then added a three-run triple and another double in the second contest. The senior finished the day 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits, five RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases.
Ottumwa broke the first game open with a four-run second inning, highlighted by Delehoy’s two-run double. That was more than enough for Bulldog pitchers Rion Slack, Jackson Saunders and Delehoy, who tossed a combined one-hitter while striking out 11. In the second game, OHS outdid themselves in the second frame, scoring ten runs and sending 16 batters to the plate. Ottumwa scored single runs in each of the other four innings, supporting pitchers Brody Evans, Pedro Gonzalez and Brody Slack, who combined to allow just two hits and three unearned runs.
OHS returns to action Wednesday at home, facing Des Moines Hoover in a conference doubleheader. Ottumwa will hold Senior Night festivities to honor the eight Bulldogs playing their final season in an Ottumwa uniform. The games will be broadcast on 1240 AM/102.7 FM KBIZ, and on the live video stream on this website.
The Ottumwa softball team also took care of its business Monday on the road at Des Moines North, dispatching the winless Polar Bears 18-0 and 19-0 in a doubleheader. Both games lasted the minimum three innings. The Bulldogs improved to 12-7, 6-0 in the CIML Metro Conference. OHS plays host to Des Moines Hoover Wednesday to complete conference play.