DES MOINES — The Ottumwa freshman softball team got swept by Des Moines Lincoln Thursday despite getting a phenomenal performance at the plate from Kaylie Kaller in game one.
The Bulldogs fell 9-6 loss in the top half of the doubleheader, and they suffered a slim 5-4 defeat in the nightcap.
Kaller was at the epicenter of the Bulldogs' offense in game one, blasting her first career home run, lashing a double and going 4-for-4 at the plate.
Ainsley Arnold took the loss on the mound. She allowed seven runs on six hits while striking out two in three innings of work.
"We thought we were playing right with the Railsplitters with us having 11 hits to their 10 and playing error-less defense, but we couldn't put runs on the board," Ottumwa coach Sabrina Morrison said. "We had a lot of base-running mistakes. I'm hoping we can learn from them and improve as the season gets in the full swing next week, playing every day, but Thursday. Most of our players are young and with that comes lack of experience. I'm looking forward to these girls making improvements along the way and seeing where they will be at the end of the season."
Carrie Hagstrom ignited Ottumwa offensively in the nightcap with two hits in her two at official at-bats and Kate VanNest went 1-for-1 with two runs, a double and stolen base.
Cierrah VanDePol took the loss on the mound for the Bulldogs. She allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out four in six innings.
"She's a very young pitcher who hasn't been under pressure much," Morrison said. "She has to start trusting her ability and know that her team is behind her 100 percent."
The Ottumwa freshman team split games with Des Moines East Wednesday, winning game one 8-4 and losing game two 8-3.