Another injury, this time to Wood's back-up at short, Rupe, once again forced Jaeger to go to his bench for reinforcements.
"We were scrambling a little at that point," said Jaeger. "One of the good things about this team is that we have guys that we can move around defensively and still make plays."
Roane finished his three-inning stint by tossing a scoreless fourth. The Tigers, however, roughed up the Bulldog relief pitching for three runs on seven hits in the fifth and sixth. Ottumwa stranded three of its nine runners left on base in those two innings.
"We've struggled with that some but what I like now is that we have done a good job of not being struck out and being able to put the ball in play," said Jaeger. "That gives a chance at least to score those runs."
Wilson came back into the game in the seventh and blanked the Tigers in the inning for his third save of the week. He ended the game with two strikeouts.
"It was a little tough to come out after the first but it gave me time to focus on the game," said Wilson. "I didn't know until late that I could go back in, but I was still able to control my go to pitch — my curveball — and the save is just as good as the win."
"I don't know how long it's been since Ottumwa swept Valley, I'd have to look it up," said Jaeger. "It was a really good sweep and we need to use this to really build momentum."
The Bulldogs (6-6,3-1) will be back in action Monday night when they play host Indianola at Legion Memorial Field.
OTTUMWA 16, WEST DES MOINES VALLEY 6
WDMV 100 032 — 6 7 1
OTT 231 073 — 16 13 2
WDMV battery — Stalzer (LP),