FORT MADISON — Mandi Moore tossed a one-hitter in the Ottumwa softball team's 10-0 victory over the first half of its season-opening doubleheader Thursday. The Bulldogs, who started the season ranked No. 2 in Class 5A, kept the momentmum rolling in game two, crushing the Bloodhounds 12-1.
Moore struck out seven and walked three in six innings of work on the mound in the first game. Of course, it didn't hurt that the Bulldogs' ace pitcher got plenty of run support from the Bulldogs' uber-talented batting lineup, as pretty much everyone contributed something to Ottumwa's offensive onslaught. Katie Sammons, Sydney Strunk, Nicole Peyton, Beth Overturf and Alexis Winn all had two hits in the contest. And, for coach Frank Huston, that was the story: the Bulldogs offensive balance.
"We had an awful lot of people who contributed offensively," he said.
A pair of doubles by Olivia Roark and Peyton drove home two of the girls first three runs. Then, in the top of the fifth, The Bulldogs parlayed three Fort Madison errors into a six-run inning, four of the runs were unearned; that featured five hits and extended the girls' lead to 9-0. Ottumwa tacked on one more run in the top of the sixth before Moore tossed another scoreless inning to seal the deal for the Bulldogs. The game ended in the sixth because of the 10-run rule.
Things continued to go swimmingly for the Bulldogs in game two game two. Kassidi Henderson, who has replaced five-year starter and star infielder Paige Schreiner at shortstop, got things rolling for Ottumwa with a two-run double in her first at bat of the season that gave the girls a 2-0 lead in the top of the second.
"That was a good start for her," Huston said about his shortstop.