The Ottumwa baseball team reached a milestone Wednesday night, getting over the .500 mark for the first time all season by sweeping a home doubleheader from Des Moines Hoover. The Bulldogs also honored their eight seniors on Senior Night with the 8-2 and 6-0 victories.
OHS got production from both the top and bottom of the lineup. Leadoff hitter Dominic Delehoy went 4-for-6 in the doubleheader with a double, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored. Colton McKinnon, Ottumwa’s #9 hitter, went 4-for-5 in the twin bill with a triple, two RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases.
Both starting pitchers for Ottumwa also stood out. Senior Marcus Saunders (3-1) earned the game one win, allowing just one run on two hits over four innings while striking out four. Fellow senior Andrew Cole (2-0) was even better in the nightcap, giving up just three hits over six shutout innings while also striking out four.
Game one will be remembered for all the triples. Mitch Wood hit the first one for Ottumwa, a two-run three-bagger that gave OHS the first runs of the game in the third inning. Hoover turned a leadoff triple into a run in the fourth inning, but the Bulldogs responded in the bottom half, as back-to-back triples by McKinnon and Delehoy plated two more runs.
The second game was a story of Ottumwa playing near-flawless baseball, while taking advantage of Hoover mistakes. The Bulldogs’ first four runs of the contest were all the result of the Huskies’ five errors. OHS, meanwhile, did not commit an error in the nightcap, helping Cole to his best start of the season.
OHS improved to 8-7 overall on the season, 5-3 in the CIML Metro Conference. Hoover fell to 4-18, and ended conference play with a 4-6 record. Ottumwa still has one more conference matchup, a home twin bill with Des Moines East next Tuesday. Before that, the Bulldogs play Friday at home versus Waukee, and on the road Monday at Mason City.
The Ottumwa softball team’s home doubleheader against Des Moines Hoover Wednesday was cancelled, as the Huskies feared some of their players might have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Hoover later announced that no players had been exposed. It’s unknown if the two teams will attempt to make up the doubleheader before regional play begins next week.