After it looked flat in a 10-2 loss to Ankeny earlier in the day, the Ottumwa softball team salvaged its Saturday by shutting out Keokuk 6-0 in the last game of the Ottumwa Classic.
The Bulldogs turned in a workmanlike effort against the Chiefs, as they used a successful mix of clutch hitting and nearly flawless fielding to pick up the victory. Olivia Roark, who was red hot at the plate throughout the Ottumwa Classic, busted the game wide open with a 3-RBI double in the bottom of the second. In addition, Sydney Strunk was a human vacuum cleaner at third base, gloving two sharply hit line drives and cleanly fielding a surplus of ground balls.
Megan Robertson turned in a very Megan Robertson-esque performance, not blowing too many batters away, but not making many mistakes eithers. She allowed three hits while striking out one and walking one. Kassidi Henderson was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, including a double.
The Bulldogs just couldn't muster much offense against the Hawkettes, with a couple of exceptions.
Katie Sammons, after, in a supreme nod of respect, she was intentionally walked four times in the Bulldogs previous game against Cedar Rapids Jefferson; went 3-4 with three doubles against Ankeny; including one that clanged off the fence in dead centerfield. Roark and Henderson both went 2-3 at the plate and Sammy Garrett hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Bulldogs (32-6, 18-4) play host to Des Moines East Monday at Huston Field Monday on Senior Night.