OTTUMWA, IA – On paper, the Class 5A #10 Ottumwa softball team is the clear favorite to win the CIML Metro Conference championship. Monday night at Huston Field, the Bulldogs opened conference play with a performance that matched those expectations.
Ottumwa didn’t need the full seven innings in either game against longtime rival Des Moines East, beating the Scarlets 12-0 in four innings in game one, then 13-3 in six innings in the nightcap. OHS improved to 8-5 on the season, 2-0 in the Metro, while East fell to 2-10, 2-2 in conference play.
Game one was effectively over after Ottumwa plated nine runs in the second inning. Kaylee Bix highlighted the frame with a three-run double, while Hannah Huisinga and Anne Guest each had two-run hits to further the Bulldog attack. Guest would add another RBI single in the three-run fourth inning that ended the contest on the run rule. In the circle, Kacy Nickerson (3-4) pitched a four-inning no-hitter, striking out five while allowing just one walk for the lone East baserunner in the game.
The Scarlets tried to bounce back in game two, taking an early lead on a first-inning, two-run homer by Mo Purdy. OHS tied the game in the bottom half with RBI from Bix and Josie Lemonds, then exploded for six more second-inning runs. Single tallies in the third and fifth innings added to the Bulldogs lead. Madi Inman hit a solo shot for East in the sixth, but Ottumwa responded with three runs in the bottom half to again end the game on the run rule. Nickerson’s two-run double proved to be the final play of the night.
Ashton Brown (5-1) earned the game two win for Ottumwa, striking out ten batters over her six innings. Brown now has 21 strikeouts in her last two starts. Bix finished the night 4-for-6 with three doubles, five RBI and four runs scored. Guest went 4-for-6 with four RBI and three runs. Zoey Jones, batting in the #2 spot for the first time all season, went 4-for-7 with a triple, a double, two RBI and four runs.
Ottumwa returns to action Wednesday afternoon with a conference doubleheader at Des Moines Roosevelt. The Bulldogs would have then hosted Des Moines Lincoln on Thursday, but that matchup was cancelled after Lincoln had three members of its program test positive for COVID-19. OHS will face Davenport Assumption and Fairfield on Friday in the annual Ottumwa Classic.
OTHER REPORTED SCORES FROM MONDAY
Albia 9 @ Chariton 1
Centerville 4 vs. Central Lee 3
Fairfield 10 vs. Fort Madison 2 (Game 1)
Fairfield 12 vs. Fort Madison 2 (Game 2)
Southeast Warren 20 @ Moulton-Udell 0
Southeast Warren 12 @ Moulton-Udell 0
Oskaloosa 2 vs. Indianola 0
Sigourney 10 vs. Belle Plaine 0
Pekin 7 vs. Lone Tree 2
Van Buren County 8 vs. Holy Trinity Catholic 1
Chariton 11 vs. Albia 7
Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 11 @ Davis County 8
Cardinal 14 @ Twin Cedars 9
Fort Madison 7 @ Fairfield 0 (Game 1)
Fort Madison 8 @ Fairfield 5 (Game 2)
Oskaloosa 4 vs. Indianola 2
Sigourney 16 vs. Belle Plaine 3
Keota 15 vs. Tri-County 2
Pekin 8 vs. Lone Tree 5