OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa baseball team was swept by Des Moines East in two distinctively different games Wednesday at Legion Memorial Field in CIML Metro Conference action.
The Bulldogs were shut out 11-0 in game one, and the Scarlets rallied from a 7-1 deficit to defeat Ottumwa 13-8 in the nightcap.
"We have to start playing together," Ottumwa coach John Jaeger said. "We have to cut down on mental mistakes, but we also have to cut down on physical mistakes. We have to not give them extra outs."
Jacob Jones suffered the loss on the mound in the front half of the doubleheader. He allowed six runs, four of them earned; on three hits in two innings of work before he was relieved by Cody Miller. Miller allowed five runs, only two of them earned; on five hits in two innings.
Ottumwa couldn't muster much offense in this one, as Mitch Stuchel and Spencer Fuller were the only Bulldogs to record hits in the game.
Ottumwa, however, got off to a strong start in game two. The boys reeled off seven runs off the Scarlets sidearm knuckle ball pitcher Dillon Hernandez in the bottom of the first to take an early 7-1 lead. Ottuma's big inning featured an admixture of hits, walks and batters who got plunked by Hernandez, who struggled with control problems in the first inning. In fact, the Bulldogs first run came when Hernandez beaned Blake Mooney with the bases juiced, which allowed Griffiths to trot home from third.
Then Stuchel drove home Collin Schulz with a single to make it 2-0. A sacrifice fly by Spencer Fuller, who started the game at pitcher for Ottumwa; and a walk by Cody Miller with the bases loaded upped the Bulldogs' lead to 4-0. A couple batters later, Griffiths, in his second at bat of the inning, tattooed a line drive single that a Scarlets outfielder mishandled, which allowed three more Ottumwa runners to cross home plate to make it 7-1 Bulldogs.