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June 18, 2013

Ottumwa overwhelms Des Moines North

OTTUMWA -- The Ottumwa softball team overwhelmed an outmatched Des Moines North team Monday, crushing the Polar Bears 11-1 in game one and 13-1 in the nightcap.

The front half of the doubleheader lasted five innings, while the second game lasted only four innings.It took them a little while to get going offensively in game one, three innings to be exact, but once the Bulldogs offense got rolling, North had no answer.

"You can't come out and expect to bust things open right away, Ottumwa softball coach Frank Huston said, "but I thought we hung in there and eventually the dam broke."

The Polar Bears actually led 1-0 going into the fourth inning. Up until that point, aside from a few scattered hits here and there, Ottumwa was getting under North's Reagan Clay's pitches and hitting catchable pop flies. But, In the bottom of the fourth, the Bulldogs used an RBI single by Kassidi Henderson, who, other than bashing her first varsity home run against Des Moines Roosevelt last Thursday; has been spraying hits all over the field as of late, and an expertly placed RBI bunt single by Chelsea Griffiths to to take a 2-1 lead.

"Sometimes it [the ball] seems pretty big after you get a very big hit," Henderson said.

The two runs, however, turned out to be just a precursor to the main course the Bulldogs dished out in the fifth inning when the dam that Ottumwa's veteran coach aptly described broke loose. The Bulldogs used a potpourri of home runs, singles, doubles, walks and a conspicous triple to inundate the scoreboard with nine runs and pick up the 11-1 win in the bottom of the fifth because of the 10-run rule after five innings.

Sammons jumpstarted the inning for Ottumwa by cranking her eighth home run of the year; a long blast to centerfield that tied things up at 2-2. Then, just two batters later, Alexis Winn, who has been scorching hot at the plate lately, crushed a two-run home run that cleared the left field fence in a hurry and gave the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead.

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