OTTUMWA — Aaron Roane's no-hitter in the bottom half of Ottumwa's doubleheader against Des Moines Roosevelt Wednesday was nothing short of a masterpiece.
Roane turned pitching into an art form worthy of a Monet or a Michelangelo in his seven innings of work on the hill for the Bulldogs in Ottumwa's 5-0 victory over the Roughriders. Demonstrating bushels of composure, Roane surgically picked apart the Roughrider lineup, expertly painting the corners and unleashing a devastating changeup that kept Roosevelt off-balance all night.
"His changeup was on," Bulldog Chase Wood said. "That changeup came in for the kill."
"It was the best its been all year tonight," Roane said about his changeup. "I was feeling really good today. I took really good bullpen and I was really motivated from the first game."
Roane's majestic performance helped ease the pain of Ottumwa's 5-1 loss to the Roosevelt in game one.
Spencer Fuller struggled to find the strike zone right from the start against the Roughriders. The two batters the Ottumwa pitcher plunked in the first inning turned out to be an omen of things to come. By the end of the game Ottumwa's pitchers had beaned eight batters and walked nine. The free bases coupled with three hits by Roosevelt's Chris Hazelbaker helped the Roughriders to pick up the victory.
Fuller's accuracy problems caught up with him in the third inning when Roosevelt manufactured two runs on three walks and two hit batsmen. Having seen enough, Ottumwa coach John Jaeger elected to replace Fuller with Cooper Smith with one out and the bases loaded.
Harley Davidson, the first batter Smith faced, slapped a line drive that looked destined for right field, but a leaping Roane snatched the ball out of the ether and made a beeline for first, beating Roosevelt's Nick Ballard to the bag for a terrific double play.