MUSCATINE — The Ottumwa softball team season ended Tuesday with a lopsided 11-0 loss to fourth-ranked Muscatine in the Class 5A, Region 5 finals.
The game wasn't the one-sided affair the score suggests. The Bulldogs only trailed 4-0 going into the top of the seventh. But the Muskies erupted for seven runs in inning, transforming a relatively close game into a blowout and making it nearly impossible for Ottumwa to mount a comeback.
Freshman Madi Wiley supplied Ottumwa with two of the four hits the Bulldogs got off of Muskie starting pitcher Anna Manjoine. Emily Clemens helped bolster the Muskies' imposing offense with two doubles.
Starting Ottumwa pitcher Megan Robertson had pitched a pretty solid game against Muscatine's revered batting order until the offensive floodgates opened in the seventh.
Despite the loss, it was another solid year for the Bulldogs esteemed program. The youthful Ottumwa team will return everyone next season except for Alexis Winn, the Bulldogs' excellent senior catcher. Winn will take her talents to the Indian Hills softball team where she will join several former teammates.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a record of 27-12 and 17-7 in CIML Metro Conference action.
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