OTTUMWA – It wasn’t exactly the ending Kassidi Henderson would have scripted.
As she rounded third base with the run that would close out a dominant night of softball for her team, Henderson was surprised to hear head coach Frank Huston tell her to hold up at third.
Henderson quickly tried to turn back to for third, only to find a not-so-pleasant surprise awaiting her at third base.
“I saw Chelsea (Griffiths) standing at third, so then I just ran home,” Henderson said.
So even with the defense of Des Moines Roosevelt having the jump on her, the Bulldog sophomore had no choice but to make a dash for the plate and hope for the best. While it may not have been how she would have drawn it up, somehow Henderson found a way to cap a great night for herself and her team by sliding home as a throw the plate was dropped to allow Ottumwa to score the 10th and final run of a 10-0 five-inning game two victory.
Call it a nearly perfect night for Henderson and the top-ranked Bulldogs.
“I would have rather just ran home and not have gotten held up,” Henderson said of the final play. “Overall, though, it was a pretty good night.”
To say the least. Individually, Henderson had perhaps the biggest night of her softball life going 4-6 at the plate with her first ever home run on the varsity level as well as six RBI and three runs scored.
As a team, Ottumwa capped a week that started with the Bulldogs suffering their first losses of the summer by earning two CIML Metro Conference wins in a mere nine innings. OHS followed up a 12-0 win in just four innings in the opening game by ending game two with six runs in the fifth to evoke the 10-run five-inning mercy rule.