The Ottumwa Courier


June 9, 2014

Bulldogs split games with Lincoln


Alex Christensen benefited the most from Gridley’s hot bat on Friday, running the base paths in four of the seven innings for Fairfield. It was Christensen that scored the first run of the night on a two-out RBI single by Cameron Baumann in the third.

“We’re a pretty good hitting ball team. We’re pretty aggressive at the plate,” Gridley said. “Some of our hitters have struggled at the plate, but they didn’t let it get them down. They just got right back up and kept swinging.”

Two-out hits made a big difference against the Bulldogs. Fairfield had 15 base runners reach base and had nine of their 11 hits one out from the end of an inning.

“It’d be so much nicer, as a coach, if you’re getting on with nobody out so you could do a little bit more,” Allison said. “Even though we had to wait most of the night for two-out hits, we were able to string a lot of them together. Hopefully, we can start stringing things together earlier in innings.”

Fairfield extended their 1-0 lead in the fourth with a long two-out rally that knocked out Ottumwa starting pitcher Brok Hopwood. Joseph Hieptas followed up a two-out drive to deep center by lead-off batter Jordan Reid with an RBI single to double Fairfield’s lead. Gridley’s second hit and back-to-back walks forced home another run.

“My frustration for the most part is that we gave Fairfield too many extra opportunities to score,” Jaeger said. “Our hitting wasn’t fantastic, but what really hurt us was giving up walks and allowing them more chances to hurt us with a big hit.”

Corey Ridgway seemed to give the Bulldogs a boost in the fifth, stealing home off of Gridley to pull Ottumwa within 3-1. The play allowed two more Bulldog runners to move into scoring position, but Gridley responded by striking out Chase Wood to end the threat.

Text Only
  • 2014 Iowa High School State Softball Tournament 2014 Iowa High School State Softball TournamentAt Harlan Rogers ParkFort DodgeMonday, July 21Class 3A QuarterfinalsNo. 2 East Marshall 4, Mid-Prairie 3No. 9 Bondurant-Farrar 9, No. 13 West Burlington/Notre Dame 4No. 3 Clarke 13, Spirit Lake 0 (3)Gree

    July 26, 2014

  • State Softball Tournament FridayClass 2A State ChampionshipNo. 2 Earlham 6, No. 4 Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4 Class 2A All-State Tournament TeamTaylor Hipsley, EarlhamSadie Baugher, Eddyville-Blakesburg-FremontMegan Kirchgatter, Maple Valley-Anthon-OtoTaylor Huber, Alburne

    July 26, 2014

  • On Tap Saturday Prep BaseballClass 1A State QuarterfinalsTwin Cedars vs. Underwood at Des Moines (Principal Park), 11 a.m.

    July 26, 2014

  • 0726 OTT Sports Twin Cedars baseball photo Twin Cedars ready for state DES MOINES — What a long, great trip its been for the Twin Cedars baseball team and the Sabers don't want the party to end anytime soon. Today, the top-ranked Sabers (33-0) take on Underwood at 11 a.m. at Principal Park in the first round of the Cla

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports EBF softball Nataliah Hopkins photo 'What A Ride!' FORT DODGE — Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont's dream of winning a state title was dashed in the Class 2A championship game at Rogers Park on Friday. After beating top-ranked Highland the day before to reach their first state championship game, the Rocke

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0726 OTT Sports Clarke softball photo Clarke takes 3A State Title on walk-off homer FORT DODGE — It was a walk-off win last year in Ottumwa that gave Lindsay Diehl the chance to coach her alma-mater at the Iowa High School State Softball Tournament. This year, a walk-off win made the former Indian Hills standout a state championship

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports John Wardenburg photo Wardenburg's first offseason has been a busy one OTTUMWA — As the top assistant coach under Barret Peery, the past three years for John Wardenburg at Indian Hills have kept him plenty busy. Those past three years, however, are nothing compared to how busy the past three months have been since Warde

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0726 OTT Sports Steven Wilson photo Bulldog pitcher climbs ladder of success OTTUMWA — Steven Wilson has come a long way. The senior graduate went from making a couple of obscure appearances on the mound his junior year to becoming Ottumwa's No. 1 pitcher this season. "Steven Wilson has been phenomenal all year long for us,"

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament Saturday Class 1A Quarterfinals No. 1 Twin Cedars (33-0) vs. Underwood (22-7), 11 a.m. (104.9 FM KBOE) Tuesday Class 3A Quarterfinals No. 5 Fairfield (30-7) vs. Dallas Center-Grimes (22-14), 8 p.m. (95.9 FM KKFD)

    July 25, 2014

  • 0725 OTT Sports Ottumwa baseball photo OHS seniors help turn season around OTTUMWA — From 0-4 to 25-16.This is the story of the Ottumwa baseball team. Yet, beyond the numbers is the story behind the story; the pivotal reasons the Bulldogs were able to rescue their season from oblivion and finish with a respectable record.“T

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Sports photo reprints