DES MOINES — The Ottumwa softball team used the power of the long ball to secure two exhilarating victories over Des Moines East Wednesday in CIML Metro Conference action.
In a pair of games that couldn't be confined to seven innings, the Bulldogs knocked off the Scarlets 10-5 in eight innings in game one and 4-2 in eight innings in the game two. Ottumwa's victories were festooned with home runs by Kassidi Henderson, Kelsey Peyton and Kaleigh Schreiner.
"Those were two good wins for us," Ottumwa coach Frank Huston said. "We are very, very pleased."
Henderson embraced the role of hero in the first game by blasting a grand slam home run in the top of the eighth to help the Bulldogs triumph. The junior Bulldog also doubled and finished with a team-high five RBI's. Peyton also homered and drove in two runs and Ashlyn Thompson drove in two runs as well.
Mackenzie Sheehan picked up the win on the mound, allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out five. With the win, Sheehan's record remains untainted at 5-0.
Kirsten Mincks put together her second-straight impressive pitching outing in the nightcap. Although East finished with eight hits, they were too scattered to produce many runs. Mincks finished with two strikeouts and issued no walks. Her laudable performance improved her record to 4-2.
Offensively, the Bulldogs got a huge lift from Schreiner, who doubled and bashed her first home run of the season. In addition, Thompson went 2-for-4 and Alexis Winn had a huge RBI single in the top of the eighth that helped Ottumwa pull out the victory.
Ottumwa (17-5) puts on its home invitational today at Frank Huston Field today. The Bulldogs will face Bondurant-Farrar at 5:30 p.m. and Pleasant Valley at 7 p.m. The invitational started last year as part of a Ottumwa softball reunion weekend celebrating Huston's 40 years at the helm of the Bulldogs venerable program.