In general, good teams are supposed to take care of business against struggling teams. The Ottumwa baseball team still wants some more wins before calling itself good, but the Bulldogs certainly took care of business Friday night against a Marshalltown team that is certainly struggling.
Ottumwa swept a doubleheader from the Bobcats by scores of 13-2 and 14-2 finishing off both games in five innings. The Bulldogs improved to 3-4 on the season, dropping Marshalltown to 0-11.
OHS wasted no time in game one, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Jesus Jaime cracked a two-run homer and Andrew Cole added a 2-run single to highlight the frame. Marshalltown scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but Ottumwa put it out of reach with a six-run fourth. Colton McKinnon hit a three-run double, while Jaime and Dominic Delehoy added RBI doubles of their own.
On the mound, Marcus Saunders (1-1) settled down after allowing the two early runs–only one of which was earned–giving up just three hits in his four innings of work. Marshalltown starter Tyler Dunham (1-1) managed to finish the first inning, but did not return to the mound for the second.
Ottumwa struck quickly in game two as well, with Delehoy tripling to open the game, then scoring on a wild pitch. Mitch Wood then reached on an error and scored on a Jaime single for an early 2-0 lead. Marshalltown, however, tied the game in the bottom of the first on a two-run homer by Joseph Harris.
From there, both Ottumwa starter Andrew Cole (1-0) and Bobcat starter Jacob Van Pelt (0-2) settled in, keeping the game tied until the top of the fourth. Ottumwa broke the tie by scoring a pair of runs on a throwing error, and a third tally on a wild pitch. A few batters later, Jaime broke the game wide open with an opposite-field, three-run homer.
The Bulldogs finished things off with another six-run frame in the top of the fifth, getting a two-run single from Blaze Rominger, a two-run double from Wood, and RBI single from Julian Moore and an RBI double from Brody Evans. Jaime finished the doubleheader 6-for-8 with two home runs, a double and seven RBI.
Ottumwa’s next scheduled series, a home doubleheader against Des Moines East, was rescheduled for Tuesday, July 14. The Bulldogs return to action next Wednesday at Des Moines Roosevelt.
It took the Ottumwa softball team until game two of its doubleheader to establish its dominance at Marshalltown, but the Bulldogs did take both games from the Bobcats, winning game one 4-2, and game two 14-3 in five innings. OHS moved its record back over .500 at 5-4, while Marshalltown dropped to 0-12.
OHS didn’t score until the fifth inning of game one, when an RBI single by Kacy Nickerson and a two-run hit by Josie Lemonds erased Marshalltown’s 1-0 lead. The Bobcats would claw a run back, but a Hannah Huisinga RBI double in the seventh provided an important insurance run. Ottumwa didn’t wait nearly that long in game two, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Jillian Heaton added a three-run homer in the fourth, and the Bulldogs tacked on three more in the fifth to put the game away.
Bulldogs softball returns to action Saturday in the Solon tournament, starting with an 11:00am game between Class 5A #10 Ottumwa and #4 Iowa City High. The Bulldogs then take on Solon at 1:00pm. Both games will be broadcast on 1240 AM/102.7 FM KBIZ, and on the live video stream on this website.