OTTUMWA — A nice crowd of Bulldog fans turned out to Legion Field to help honor this season's seniors. The cool sunny evening, the game-one four-run sixth, the between-games senior recognition and the pizza afterwards made for an enjoyable evening.
It was just those things that happened the rest of the time that made it a long evening for Bulldog players and fans. Fifth-ranked (4A) Des Moines East swept the Bulldogs 7-5 and 12-0 Monday night in CIML Metro baseball action.
The Scarlets from East had at least one hit in all but two innings of the twin bill. They would have a two-game total of 19 to just 11 for Ottumwa.
Ottumwa matched East with 10 first-game hits, but Scarlet starting pitcher Connor Enochs limited the Bulldogs to just one infield hit in game two.
The visitors scored a first-inning run with two of their hits and an RBI groundout. Steven Wilson and Brok Hopwood singled in the Ottumwa first, but were stranded to start game one.
An error by the Bulldogs caused the East run in the second to be unearned. The first of two successful squeeze bunts drove in the run.
The Bulldog second saw the home team go down in order with two strikeouts in the inning.
“That was one of the differences in the games," said Ottumwa coach John Jaeger. "They are so tough hitting that, even with two strikes, they are putting the ball in play and not striking out.”
“We don't ever want to strike out, especially looking, but we had a couple (Monday) at crucial times.”
Ottumwa cut the lead in game one to 2-1 in the third. After a lead-off walk to Spencer Nelson, Curtis Schneckloth and Chase Wood would have hits in the inning. Nelson scored on a throwing error by East.