By Courier sports staff
---- — The Ottumwa American Legion baseball team finished its season by splitting two games at the American Legion State tournament Saturday.
Ottumwa, spurred by a solid performance on the mound by Kyle Keck, bested Fort Dodge 5-4, but the boys suffered an 18-8 loss to Carroll in a game that only lasted seven innings because of a run rule.
The loss, however, was nothing to be ashamed of because Carroll would eventually be crowned state champions.
Keck gave up seven hits, three runs, one of them earned; while striking out ten in Ottumwa's win over Fort Dodge.
"He's [Keck] has been a leader for three years on this team," assistant coach Ron Howard said.
Bryce Ward, who recorded the save in the game, also had a hot night at the plate, going 3-4. In addition, Tyler Johns went 2-4 with a triple. Ottumwa scored four runs on six hits in the top of sixth inning, which included a clutch two-run single by Mitch Stuchel.
Ottumwa's double-digit loss to Carroll came despite getting a three-run homer from Chris Peden and a pair of doubles from Aaron Roane and Johns. Carroll exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second and five more in the bottom of the fifth to put the game well out of reach.
Alex Goodvin took the loss for the Legion on the mound. He allowed 13 runs, only five of them earned; on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Ottumwa struggled in the field, committing seven errors.
The boys finished their season with a respectable 12-6 record.