Courier sports staff
OTTUMWA – There was only so much magic this week the Ottumwa baseball team could muster. It proved to be enough to carry the Bulldogs to a season-best six-straight wins and a split Friday night with Marshalltown.
The Bobcats, however, did not leave Legion Memorial Field without taking the winning streak with them. After literally giving away the opening game of a varsity doubleheader to Ottumwa, losing 7-6 on a pair of unearned seventh-inning runs, the Bobcats took the Bulldogs deep into the night before salvaging a split with nine-inning win in the nightcap to end the best week for OHS under first-year head coach John Jaeger.
Ottumwa (11-10) and Marshalltown (9-10) seemed destined for a pitchers’ duel for most of the night in game one. The Bulldogs and Bobcats played flawless baseball most of the night with neither team being able to put big scoring rallies together as Marshalltown edged ahead 2-1 in the top of the sixth.
Marshalltown’s defense then began to betray them. The Bobcats committed the first two of four errors in game one, allowing Ottumwa to put up the biggest inning of game one with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Johns two-RBI triple was the biggest hit of the rally and helped Ottumwa take a 5-2 lead into the seventh before three errors by the Bulldogs including two by Johns sparked a Marshalltown rally.
The Bobcats scored four times to keep the opening game going. After tying the game at 5-5, Grant Thimesch walked with two outs and took second before Blake Judkins RBI double brought home Thimesch with the go-ahead run.
Ottumwa took advantage of two more errors in the bottom of the seventh to earn the game-one win. Walks by Seth Staton and Seth Griffiths led off the frame before Kyle Keck’s fly ball to center was dropped to bring the tying run in. Another walk to Spencer Fuller loaded the bases before Griffiths scored the winning run on a wild pitch on a Blake Mooney strikeout.
Game two saw the Bulldogs and Marshalltown hook up in another one run game. Marshalltown gained a split by downing the Bulldogs 8-7 in nine innings. The stats showed the game to be as even as you’d expect. Each team had 12 hits and each team only had one error. One errors a solid defensive performance but when the error happens, can make all the difference. An Ottumwa throwing error allowed the go ahead run to score.
Both teams put runs on the board in the first. After the Bobcats scored one, the Bulldogs answered with a three spot. A walk and three consecutive hits plated the runs. Spencer Fuller and Blake Mooney had back to back doubles followed by a Mitch Stuchel RBI hit.
The Bobcats scored two more in the second, but the Bulldogs matched that as the top of the order started to really take charge. Colin Schultz had an RBI triple followed by Kyle Keck’s RBI double. It was the first hit for each one of them on the night.
Marshalltown added a run in the third to pull within 5-4. Ottumwa went up 7-4 in the fourth. Cody Miller and Schultz both tripled and Keck singled two account for the runs. The Bulldogs were done scoring for the night. The Bobcats tied it with two in the seventh. The winning run scored with one out in the top of the ninth. The final Ottumwa at bat ended with a possible tying run thrown out at third.
Ottumwa (11-10) is back in action at Legion Field Monday for a JV/varsity doubleheader against Mount Pleasant.Ottumwa 2, Des Moines Roosevelt
Ottu 101 000 0 — 2 8 0
Roos 001 000 0 — 1 8 0
Ottumwa battery — Spencer Fuller (W) (7IP, 8H, 1R, 1ER, 2K), Seth Staton catching.
2B — Kyle Keck, Collin Schulz, Seth Griffiths.
3B — Griffiths, Schulz.
Hits —Griffiths 3-for-4, Schulz 2-for-3, Keck 1-for-3, Fuller 1-for-3, Blake Mooney 1-for-3.
RBI — Keck 2.
Runs — Griffiths, Schulz.
Ottumwa 11, Des Moines Roosevelt 5
Ottu 230 042 0 — 11 15 1
Roos 311 000 0 — 5	 9 1
Ottumwa battery — Bryce Ward (W) (6IP, 8H, 5R, 2ER, 6K, 4BB), Schulz ( 1IP, IH) Staton catching.
2B — Griffiths, Schulz, Keck, Mooney.
Hits — Griffiths 3-for-4, Schulz 3-for-4, Keck 2-for-4, Fuller 1-for-4, Mooney 1-for-3, Mitch Stuchel 1-for-4, Cody Miller 1-for-4, Curtis Schneckloth 1-for-2.
RBI — Griffiths, Schulz 3, Keck 2, Stuchel.
Runs — Griffiths 3, Schulz 2, Keck 2, Mooney, Stuchel, Spencer Nelson.