By Courier sports staff
---- — 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.
The inning, however, was far from over. Henderson would go on to score when a Bloodhound outfielder failed to glove a long fly ball by Sammy Garrett. Moments later, Roark, who went 3-4 at the plate in the nightcap, poked an RBI double that scored Garrett and upped the Bulldogs' lead to 4-0. When the inning finally ended, Ottumwa's lead had ballooned to 6-0.
The Bloodhounds sole run came when a strikeout pitch by starting pitcher Brittni Vogt got past catcher Alexis Winn, which allowed a Fort Madison runner to safely reach home; cutting Ottumwa's lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the second.
In the top of the fourth, Winn added to Ottumwa's offensive output by blasting a two-run homer — the Bulldogs first of the year — that upped Ottumwa's lead to 8-1.
"She's batting in the cleanup spot and there's a good reason," Huston said.
The Bulldogs went on to tack on four more runs in the top of the fifth — an inning that featured singles by Roark and Henderson — that increased Ottumwa's lead to 12-1. Megan Robertson, who replaced starting pitcher Brittni Vogt in the fourth, pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the fifth and the Bulldogs picked up the victory because of the 10-run rule.
Vogt got the win on the mound. The senior Bulldog allowed one run on one hit while striking out three and walking two in three innings. Winn, Sammons and Overturf all had two hits in the contest.
Ottumwa (2-0) plays at 6 p.m. today against Mount Pleasant in a doubleheader.
Ottumwa 10, Fort Madison 0
Ottu 021 061 — 10 13 0
Fort 000 000 — 0 1 4
Ottumwa battery — Mandi Moore (W, 1-0) (6IP, 1H, 7K, 3BB), Beth Overturf catching.
2B — Olivia Roark, Nicole Peyton.
Hits — Roark 1-for-5, Sammons 2-for-4, Alexis Winn 2-for-4, Overturf 2-for-3, Moore 1-for-3, Sydney Strunk 2 -for-3, Peyton 2-for-4, Chelsea Griffiths 1-for-2.
RBI — Sammy Garrett 2, Roark, Sammons, Winn, Peyton, Griffiths. Runs — Roark, Sammons, Overturf, Strunk 3, Peyton 2, Georgia Garrett.
Ottumwa 12, Fort Madison 1
Ottu 060 24 — 12 13 1
Fort 010 000 — 1 3 3
Ottumwa Team battery — Brittni Vogt (W-L, 1-0) (3IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3K, 2BB), Megan Robertson (2IP, 2H) Winn catching.
2B — Roark, Kassidi Henderson.
HR — Winn.
Hits — Roark 3-for-4, Sammons 2-for-3, Winn 2-for-4, Overturf 2-for-3, Strunk 1-for-3, Henderson 2-for-3, Griffiths 1-for-2.
RBI — Garrett, Roark 2, Sammons 2, Winn 2, Overturf, Henderson 2. Runs — S. Garrett 2 , Roark 3, Sammons, Winn, Strunk, Peyton, Henderson, Griffiths.