OTTUMWA – Still smarting from a painful loss to Des Moines Hoover, the No. 2 ranked (Class 5A) Ottumwa softball team bounced back in a way that distilled the essence of the team’s character.
With a CIML Metro Conference championship still mathematically possible, but highly improbable, the Bulldogs, playing mostly for sheer pride, came out and swept an impressive Indianola team, No. 7 in Class 4A, which, barring a minor miracle, will capture this season’s Metro Conference championship.
After Monday’s costly loss to the Huskies had been given a couple of days to marinate, the girls were determined to do something to exorcise those demons.
And they did exactly that by defeating the Indians 4-1 in the front half of the doubleheader and 5-2 in the nightcap.
“It was definitely our comeback, kick-some-butt game,” Mandi Moore said.
“We were out to win,” Alexis Winn added. “There was no losing.”
Winn played the starring role game one by cranking a three-run homer — her sixth home run of the season — in the bottom of the sixth that broke a 1-1 tie and propelled Ottumwa to a three-run win. Meanwhile, Moore had a superb game on the hill for the Bulldogs against a formidable Indian batting lineup. Ottumwa’s ace pitcher allowed one unearned run — the Indians only run was induced by a two-error play by Olivia Roark at second base — on just three hits while striking out four and issuing one walk.
“I wanted my win,” Moore said. “I wasn’t going to lose again.”
Nicole Peyton cranked a one-out double that drove in Beth Overturf in the bottom of the second to give Ottumwa a 1-0 lead in game one. The Indians managed to score a run in the sixth to tie the game when Roark was unable cleanly field a grounder by the Indians Bri Chaplin and, in an attempt to get the out at first, rushed a throw that got by Peyton and allowed Ally Orwig to score.