OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa baseball team suffered a dispiriting sweep to Des Moines Hoover Thursday in CIML Metro Conference action.
The Bulldogs fell to the Huskies 8-3 in game one and they were shut out 4-0 in the nightcap.
"They outplayed us. They physically outplayed us and they mentally outplayed us," Ottumwa coach John Jaeger said. "In my perspective, we did not come mentally prepared today. We showed up thinking we were going to get two easy wins for them. And it just shows you can't show up at the ball park with that kind of mentality.
You have to come ready to play every single day no matter who you are playing. No matter if it's the top team in the state or the worse team in the state."
The boys looked a little out of sync during the top half of its doubleheader against the Hoover, which led to the Huskies picking up the upset victory.
This "out of sync-ness" manifested itself in the form of four Ottumwa errors that further compounded the Bulldogs troubles in some of Hoover's bigger innings. Aside from the defensive miscues, The Huskies outhit Ottumwa 12-7.
"We don't usually play like that," Colby Wagner said. "Whenever the pitcher isn't doing very well we start to not doing very well as a team. But once we get a leader, we usually do pretty well, but we didn't have someone step up tonight like we usually do."
Chris Peden accounted for all three of Ottumwa's RBI's. The senior Bulldog slapped a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth and smacked another RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
Spencer Fuller pitched six innings for the Bulldogs before he was replaced by Trent Stutter in the seventh. Fuller allowed all six runs on nine hits while striking out three.