OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa softball team put on an offensive clinic in its 13-3 blowout of Iowa City High in the Class 5A, Region 5 semifinals Monday at Huston Field.
Ottumwa’s offensive barrage was fueled by a diverse cast of characters with practically everyone in the Bulldogs’ lineup spraying the field with singles and doubles and triples. It’s hard to overstate Ottumwa’s offensive prowess in this one — the girls simply imposed their will on Little Hawk pitcher Sasha Frauenholz.
Freshman Madi Wiley went 3-for-4 with a triple and double off the the base of the right center field fence and Kelsey Peyton thumped a three-run home run to right center field in the fourth inning.
“We really started hitting the ball where it’s pitched,” Peyton said.
“We knew she was going to pitch outside so we knew we had to take it to right field so that helped a lot,” Wiley added.
The Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on four more in the fourth on their way to picking up the victory. Kassidi Henderson went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s, including an RBI single in the sixth the mercifully brought the game to a close because of the 10-run limit. Ashlyn Thompson continued her hot streak at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and Alex Winn, Kaleigh Schreiner and Megan Robertson all had two hits.
Although starting pitcher Robertson consistently struggled to find the strike zone — she walked seven batters in four and a third innings — she did manage to navigate her way out of a couple of jams on her way to picking up the victory. The junior allowed all three runs before she was replaced by Kirsten Mincks, who struck out two and yielded no runs to the Little Hawks.