DES MOINES — Winning the CIML Metro Conference softball title is definitely not going to be easy. Frank Huston is the first one to attest to just how talented and deep the conference is in 2014.
Fellow state semifinalist Indianola, top-10 rated Des Moines Lincoln and tradition rival Des Moines East highlighting the list of challenging conference foes for Ottumwa in 2014. Des Moines Hoover, which ended the Bulldogs’ hope of winning the conference title last year with an upset win late last season, also could be a tough team to deal with this summer.
On Thursday, Des Moines Roosevelt added its name to the list of Metro teams that will be tough to deal with. The Roughriders stunningly handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season thanks to a four-run fifth inning that lifted Roosevelt to a 6-4 win in the first road conference game of the year for OHS.
Ottumwa responded in a big way in game two. The Bulldogs sent all nine batters in their starting lineup to the plate in the very first inning, scoring four times before the Roughriders could answer.
Game two starting pitcher Mackenzie Sheehan wouldn’t allow that responding rally to happen. The Ottumwa junior tossed her second-straight shutout of her varsity career, allowing just two hits and three base runners in a 10-0 five-inning, game-two victory for the Bulldogs.
Megan Robertson appeared well on her way to providing Ottumwa with its seventh-straight win to open the season. Besides retiring seven of the first eight batters she faced in the pitching circle in game one, the OHS junior came up with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the first inning.
Two Ottumwa fielding errors in the bottom of the third allowed Roosevelt to respond. Emily Swanda’s RBI single was compounded with a wide throw from the outfield to Bulldog catcher Alexis Winn, allowing a second Roughrider run to score on the play.