When taken as a whole, the 2020 season was a success for the Ottumwa baseball team, simply by virtue of the fact that they were able to play and complete the season safely in the midst of a pandemic. The season came to an end Friday in the first round of the substate playoffs, as the Bulldogs fell 5-1 at Ankeny Centennial.
The Bulldogs started the game the right way–Dominick Delehoy walked, then scored on Mitch Wood’s double–but they had no answers after that for Centennial starter Trey Morris. The Jaguars righty struck out the next six batters he faced, on his way to a 14-strikeout night. Ottumwa managed just two more hits after the first inning.
Ottumwa starting pitcher Max Thomason pitched well through the first three innings, allowing a single run on a balk in the second frame. In the fourth, however, a series of small turning points allowed Centennial to take control. The Jaguars had two on with one out when OHS failed to turn what could have been an inning-ending double play, settling for just the second out of the inning. The next two batters, the eighth and ninth in the batting order, were both hit by pitches to bring in a run. A run-scoring single then ended Thomason’s night as Centennial went ahead 3-1.
Centennial would score two more in the fifth, aided in part by a Bulldog error, to set the final margin. Ottumwa ended the season with a first-round playoff loss for the third year in a row. The Bulldogs fought to the end, finishing the regular season with an 11-10 record after starting the abbreviated season 3-7.
OHS says goodbye to eight seniors: Delehoy, Marcus Saunders, Brody Evans, Brody Slack, Brinden O’Leary, Hunter Gullion, Andrew Cole and Pedro Gonzalez.