OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa baseball team increased its winning streak to five games with a sweep of West Des Moines Valley Thursday night at Legion Field.
The Bulldogs started the night with a 16-6 six-inning rout of the Tigers. Game two saw the Bulldogs score five early runs and then hold off Valley to win 5-4.
Ottumwa has had many great rivalries over the years starting with the Southeast Seven Conference. Since they moved to the Metro, the Bulldogs have developed rivalries with some of the Des Moines schools over the years, with Valley ranking near the top of the list. The rivalry made the sweep especially sweet for the Bulldogs.
Valley opened with a run in the first inning of game one. The Bulldogs answered with two runs of their own. Curtis Schneckloth led-off with a single, the first of his three hits in the game. Schneckloth had a big first game and a huge doubleheader. Brok Hopwood and Spencer Fuller delivered the RBIs. Ottumwa starting pitcher Chase Wood shut out the Tigers for the next three innings.
"Valley is a big rival and to get the win was really big," said Wood. "My curve ball was sharp and I think I really hit spots tonight."
The Bulldogs scored in two of those innings. The three-run second included a base hit by Luke McDonald, a Valley error, and a Schneckloth RBI. Ottumwa added a single run in the third on an RBI double by Chris Peden to go up 6-1.
The Tigers finally got to Wood in the fifth. They used three hits to pull within 6-4, but that just triggered the Ottumwa onslaught in the bottom half of the inning. A parade of 11 hitters went to the plate in what ended up being a seven-run inning that grew Ottumwa's lead to 13-4.