OTTUMWA — A lesson learned. Hopefully.
In a week where they learned the road they must travel to make the 28th trip to the state softball tournament, the Ottumwa softball learned the value of each and every inning on Wednesday. It was one inning, after all, that may have changed the course the Bulldogs must take to win a conference title in 2014.
For the second time this season, Des Moines Roosevelt stunned OHS in the opening game of a CIML Metro doubleheader. The Roughriders used small ball to put the Bulldogs in an early hole, scoring three-straight runs on three-straight sacrifice bunts to ignite a five-run rally in the second inning of game two.
Those runs would be enough to give Roosevelt a 6-2 win, dropping the Bulldogs out of a tie for the Metro lead with Indianola entering the day. As they had to in Des Moines earlier this month, Ottumwa had to salvage a split by winning game two as the Bulldogs found enough offense in the nightcap to earn a 2-1 win and an overall season split with the Roughriders.
Ashlyn Thompson scored both runs in game two for the Bulldogs, coming home to tie game two at 1-1 on a third-inning double by Kassidi Henderson. After walking to open the sixth, Thompson moved to second on a bunt single by pinch hitter Kaleigh Schreiner. Alexis Winn’s ensuing pop up was dropped and a throw to third to force Thompson went wide, allowing Thompson to score from second.
Ottumwa (21-7, 14-4) will be back in action on Friday at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tournament. The Bulldogs face North Cedar at 2:15 p.m. and Sioux City Bishop Heelan at 5:45 p.m.
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Des Moines Roosevelt 6, Ottumwa 2
Roosevelt 051 000 0 — 6 9 1
Ottumwa 000 110 0 — 2 8 1