The Ottumwa Courier


June 18, 2013

Ottumwa overwhelms Des Moines North


Ottumwa amassed three more runs off a Henderson double and a pair of singles by Griffiths and Brittni Vogt to go up 7-1. Sammy Garrett followed with a triple to right centerfield that drove in yet another run. Ottumwa tacked two more runs on the board before Winn, in her second at bat of the inning, singled home Beth Overturf to give Ottumwa the 11-1 win. Mandi Moore pitched well on the mound for the Bulldogs, recording seven strikeouts, issuing two walks, and giving up one unearned run on just one hit on her way to her 11th win of the season.

In game two, Ottumwa's offense got revved up early. The Bulldogs used a pair of singles by Overturf and Henderson to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Then, in the top of the second, the girls slew got a slew of singles from Winn, Ashlyn Thompson and Garrett to grow their lead to 6-0. The third inning featured much of the same and Ottumwa's lead ballooned to 9-0.

Meanwhile, Megan Robertson fanned three batters, while surrendering no runs in her first three innings of work on the mound. She ran into a little adversity in the fourth, allowing one run to score off an RBI double by North's Annie Hayes, who also started game two on the mound for the Polar Bears. But, no further damage was done in the inning, and Ottumwa still led by a cushy 9-1 margin.

The girls responded to the run by putting together a four-run inning spearheaded by RBI singles from Sammons and Garrett that secured the 13-1 victory for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the fourth because of the 12-run rule.

"These are good games from the standpoint that everyone can have some success offensively," Huston said, "because some days it's hit and miss against better pitching."

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