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Ottumwa

June 13, 2014

Bulldogs triumph over Valley

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Schneckloth's second hit drove in two of the runs. Kurtis Rupe also singled in two, Hopwood doubled to drive in a run, and Wood helped his own cause with a double. Valley scored two in the sixth to narrow the gap to 13-6, but the Bulldogs tacked on three more in the bottom of the inning to end the rout. Rupe's second hit and Schneckloth's third hit, which drove in a run, helped Ottumwa close out the Tigers with just one out in the home sixth.

Ottumwa coach John Jaeger talked about the decisive win in game one and the turnaround his team has made.

"Execution had been the key on offense and defense," Jaeger said. "I also feel like we have a deep pitching staff."

Game two started just like game one. Valley scored a run in the top of the first and the Bulldogs added two in the bottom half of the inning. Schneckloth again led-off with a hit and would come around to score on a Valley error. Aaron Roane's two-out double gave Ottumwa an early 2-1 lead.

The first inning and early parts of the game were anything but routine. Bulldog starting pitcher Steven Wilson had to leave the game after the first because of a substitution that was necessary because of an injury to shortstop Chase Wood. Aaron Roane came on to pitch in the second.

"It wasn't as hard as it probably looked," Roane said. "I had warmed up some in the first game and I threw some between games. I just needed a few throws to get ready. I'm one of a variety of arms we can use and you just have to be ready."

The Bulldogs, as they had done in the first game, added three second-inning runs to go up 5-1. Spencer Nelson's one-out double started the rally and he went on to score on a wild pitch. Spencer Fuller added an RBI base hit and a Hopwood double drove in the third run. The Bulldogs were done scoring for the game.

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