DES MOINES — The Ottumwa baseball team crushed Des Moines North in its regular season finale Tuesday in CIML Metro Conference action.
The Bulldogs handed the Polar Bears a 12-0 shellacking in the top half of a doubleheader that only took five innings to complete and they whipped North 8-0 in the nightcap.
Chris Peden and Curtis Schneckloth both went 3-for-3 at the plate and Schneckloth drove in two runs in game one. In addition, Spencer Fuller had three RBI's and Steven Wilson drove in two runs.
Brok Hopwood had a tremendous game on the mound, allowing two hits while striking out eight in five innings. Ottumwa coach John Jaeger, in the spirit of getting some of his less-used players some extra innings, starting six or seven players that don't usually start in game two. The insertion of the new players into the nightcap rendered results similar to the preceding game.
Bradley Bramschreiber and Aaron Roane both went 3-for-4 and combined for three RBI's. In addition, Colten Gray tripled and drove in two runs. Ottumwa starting pitcher Luke McDonald picked up the win. McDonald allowed two hits while striking out five and issuing just one walk in five innings. He was relieved by Steven Wilson, who surrendered only one hit and struck out two in two innings.
"I thought both games went pretty well," Jaeger said. "Obviously pitching was of a high caliber. Offensively, we were able to score early on them. The best thing we were able to do was adust to the pitching and score some runs."
Ottumwa (24-15, 15-9) play at 7 p.m. Friday at Indianola in the first round of Class 4A, Substate 6 action.
Ottumwa 12, Des Moines North 0
Ottu 163 20 — 12 13 1
Nort 000 00 — 0 2 2
Ottumwa battery — Brok Hopwood (W, 1-2) (5IP, 2H, 8K, 3BB), Luke McDonald catching.
2B — Chris Peden, Curtis Schneckloth.