“We’ve seen them before, so it helped to know how they were pitching,” Roark said. “We caught on pretty quick.”
The three girls also made some great plays in the field in both games. Sammons made a fantastic running catch in left field in game one along with the some great throws which kept the Indians from scoring or advancing bases; Garrett made some terrific throws from centerfield, including gunning down a runner trying to advance from second to third; and Roark, making amends from her one bad play of the game, made an extremely difficult play in game two, where she ranged far to her right to track down a ball that appeared to be out of her range before firing it to first to get the runner.
Robertson picked up the win on the mound to stay perfect at 9-0 this season. She allowed two runs on eights hits, while striking out one and walking one in five innings of work.
Ottumwa (29-5, 18-4) will play host to a number of teams at the 39th annual Ottumwa Classic today and Saturday. The Classic kicked off this morning with a 9 a.m. game between Cardinal and No. 12 Clarke (Class 3A), but the Bulldogs first game will be at 5:15 p.m. against No. 7 Cedar Rapids Xavier (Class 4A). After that game is finished, the girls will face No. 9 (Class 5A) Cedar Rapids Jefferson at 7 p.m. in rematch after Ottumwa topped the J-Hawks in 4-2 in 13 innings earlier this season. On Saturday, the Bulldogs will play No. 8 Ankeny (Class 5A) at 3:30 p.m. and Keokuk at 7 p.m.
Ottumwa 4, Indianola 1
Indi 000 001 0 — 1 3 1
Ottu 010 003 0 — 4 7 4
Indianola battery —McKenzie Ellis (L, 14-3) (6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3K, 1BB), Kirsten Burris catching.
Hits —Cassie Burris 1-for-3, Ally Orwig 1-for-4, Paige Aldred.
Runs — Orwig.
Ottumwa battery — Mandi Moore (W, 15-4) (7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 4K, 1BB), Beth Overturf catching.