Good teams make the opponents pay for their mistakes, and the Ottumwa baseball team learned that lesson the hard way on Wednesday. The Bulldogs dropped their first two conference games of the season, falling 10-2 and 5-2 at Des Moines Roosevelt.
Walks were the major issue for Ottumwa pitching, beginning with game one starter Colton McKinnon (0-1). The junior had been outstanding in his first two starts, but he walked six in his three innings of work on Wednesday. Roosevelt scored two runs in the first and four more in the third to put the game out of reach, and did so despite only recording one hit. Three Bulldog errors also contributed to the Roughrider rallies. Roosevelt would tack on four more runs in the sixth, with OHS committing two more errors in the frame.
For Ottumwa, though, their most serious concern became the status of starting catcher Adam Denniston. The junior went down injured after taking a swing in the sixth inning, clutching his right knee. He did not play in the second game, and his status going forward is unknown at this point.
Bulldog game two starter Mitch Wood (0-3) was nearly unhittable, as he struck out nine Roughriders over four innings, but walks came back to haunt him as well. He issued six free passes, three of which came around to score. Wood had to leave the mound after the fourth inning because of his elevated pitch count.
Offensively, OHS managed only seven hits in the two games against Roosevelt’s lefty starters, Nile Foss (1-1) and Kieran Bailey (2-0). Denniston and Jesus Jaime each had an RBI in game one, while both of Ottumwa’s game two runs scored on Roosevelt errors.
The Bulldogs fell to 3-6 overall, 0-2 in the Metro. They’ll try to get back on track Thursday night at home, hosting Des Moines Lincoln in a doubleheader that will be broadcast on 1240 AM/102.7 FM KBIZ, and on the live video stream on this website.
The Ottumwa softball team swept its two games at Des Moines Roosevelt on Wednesday, although the under-.500 Roughriders put up a fight. OHS prevailed by score of 6-5 and 11-6, extending the Bulldogs’ winniing streak to five games.
In the opener, OHS jumped out to a 4-2 lead after three innings, only to see Roosevelt score three in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. The Bulldogs tied the game with a run in the fifth, then scored one more in the top of the seventh to avoid the upset. Game two went back and forth as well. Roosevelt scored three in the first, Ottumwa tied it with a run in the second and two more in the third, then the Riders plated three more in the fourth. Trailing 6-3, the Bulldogs exploded for five runs in the fifth inning to take the lead, then added three more in the seventh to finally pull away.
Ottumwa improved to 10-5, 4-0 in the Metro Conference. The Bulldogs’ Thursday doubleheader against Des Moines Lincoln was cancelled when the Railsplitter program went into quarantine. OHS hosts Davenport Assumption and Fairfield on Friday in the Ottumwa Classic.