DES MOINES — The Ottumwa baseball team split games with CIML Metro Conference rival Des Moines Lincoln Monday. The Bulldogs suffered a 7-3 loss in game one, but they bounced back with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory in the nightcap.
"Game one was a game of missed opportunities," Ottumwa baseball coach John Jaeger said. "We gave them too many extra chances. We left too many guys stranded."
Still, Jaeger was pleased by his team's resiliency in game two.
"Game two was back and forth," Jaeger said.
The Bulldogs tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh to pick up the win. Curtis Schneckloth catalyzed the rally with a double start the inning. Chase Wood eventually singled him home tie the game at 5-5. Later, Brok Hopwood laid down suicide squeeze bunt that allowed Wood to hustle home from third to put Ottumwa out in front 6-5.
Steven Wilson got three-straight outs in the bottom of seventh to secure the save on the mound. Spencer Fuller got the win on after tossing the first six innings for the Bulldogs.
Sixth-rated Fairfield knocks off Ottumwa
Josh Allison would tell you for sure whether or not his Fairfield baseball team is worthy of being rated sixth in the state.
Allison would just like the Trojans to get some more games in first.
Having had four of their first eight games rained out this season, Fairfield’s busy first two weeks of the season have been anything but. The Trojans did get one of those rainouts made up on Friday, winning 6-1 at Ottumwa over a Bulldog team that was looking for a second-straight win over a rated opponent.
“Getting some of those rainouts early on in the season can be tough,” Allison said. “We’re just looking forward to some drier weather so we actually play some baseball.”