The Ottumwa Courier

Sports

May 4, 2013

Team captures fifth championship

OSKALOOSA — The Otttumwa Senior Babe Ruth baseball team battled back from near oblivion to capture a fifth-straight Iowa State Babe Ruth Championship this past weekend.

After they dropped the first game of the double-elimination tournament to Oskaloosa, the boys ticked off five-straight wins, two of them over Oskaloosa; to take home the state title.

“Essentially we had to knock off every team in the tournament and that’s what we did,” Babe Ruth coach Rich Kennedy said. “We were behind every single game, except the championship, when went ahead early and stayed ahead.”

For five of Ottumwa’s players — Curtis Schneckloth, Spencer Nelson, Spencer Fuller, Seth Staton and Cooper Smith — it was a special day. For these athletes have been a part of all five of Ottumwa’s championships. After they dropped their first-round game to Oskaloosa 8-7, the boys bounced back to score a 7-3 victory over Van Buren, which they followed with a narrow 6-5 win over Albia. This set the stage for a rematch against Oskaloosa.

This time, however, the boys wouldn’t be deterred, as they edged Oskaloosa 7-6. Ottumwa then had to turn around and face Oskaloosa one more time, except this time it was for the state championship. The boys managed to jump out to an early lead and went on to pick up an 8-5 victory to earn a berth in the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament.

“I’m crazy proud of these kids,” Kennedy said. “It’s definitely intestinal fortitude that got them through.”

Ottumwa pitchers Blake Mooney, Jake Black, Smith and Cody Miller did the pitching for boys. Mooney gave up an earned run average of 2.25 in eight innings while striking out six and Jake Black struck out nine and yielded an average of 3.21 runs in 14 innings. In addition, Miller struck out 13 hitters and Smith saw three innings of action on the mound.

Text Only
Sports
  • 0802 OTT Sports IHCC Soccer Coach Doug Seigle mug IHCC Soccer Training Camp date set OTTUMWA– Head coach Doug Seigle has announced the date for players on this year's roster, and those who hope to make the squad, to report for the start of preseason workouts. Seigle says all IHCC women’s and men's soccer players who have signed to pl

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports RAGBRAI photo Native Ottumwa cyclist sets powerful example VACAVILLE, Calif. — Scott Pettengill has a passion for life and an indomitable optimism that refuses to be dimmed. Pettengill, a native Ottumwan who now lives in northern California, just finished riding the [Des Moines] Register's Annual Great Bicyc

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Sports Bryon Peyton photo Former Pekin coaches reunite at state tournament DES MOINES — For 15 years, Bryon Peyton and Jeff Eeling shared the dream of coaching together at the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament. It certainly wasn’t the way they may have imagined it, but almost 30 years later, the dream came true. Pe

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Hunter Embray photo Top-ranked Sabers headed to first state baseball final DES MOINES — Hits figured to be a very precious commodity Thursday in the 1A state baseball semifinal matchup between Gehlen Catholic and Twin Cedars. As such, each swing taken by each hitter figured to be very important in collecting precious contac

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT Sports Andy Heintz column mug The White Bass that saved the day OTTUMWA — It was time for a break. It was a lovely, Sunday afternoon and I'd spent the past couple of hours tooling around town taking pictures for the newspaper. While it was nice to be outside, I yearned to make the not-so-subtle switch from work

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • State Baseball Tournament TuesdayClass 3A QuarterfinalsDallas Center-Grimes 3, No. 5 Fairfield 0 (9) ThursdayClass 1A SemifinalsNo. 1 Twin Cedars (34-0) vs. No. 5 Gehlen Catholic (30-3), 2 p.m. (104.9 FM KBOE)

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Kassidi Henderson mug Three Bulldogs make all-state OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa softball team had three of its players named to a Class 5A All-State team by Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.Bulldog second baseman Ashlyn Thompson and Kassidi Henderson were voted to the all-state second team and Alexis W

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • Prep Softball All-State Team Class 1A 1st Team All State Name School Grade Kayla Tindall Akron-Westfield 12 Dana Hedlund Akron-Westfield 12 Renee Maneman Newelll Fonda 12 Rachel Smith Exira/EHK

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731 OTT Sports Austin Gridley Fairfield baseball photo Oh So Close! DES MOINES — Becoming the first Fairfield pitcher to start a state tournament game in 35 years didn’t seem to faze Trojan senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas. In fact, taking the mound at Principal Park in Des Moines seemed to only help Hietpas as he made

    July 30, 2014 4 Photos

  • Cedar Creek Ladies battle for low net score OTTUMWA — The Cedar Creek Ladies played "event low net score" on Tuesday. The medalist for the day was Carole Meredith while Patti Meyer and Ann Allison tied for low putts. In Flight A, Margo Sears finished in first place while Meredith finished seco

    July 30, 2014

Sports photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook