Things won’t get much easier for Ottumwa Saturday, as the Bulldogs will take on No. 8 (Class 5A) Ankeny at 3:30 p.m. Ankeny will be looking for payback after the Bulldogs knocked off the then top-ranked Hawkettes 8-2 at last year’s Ottumwa Classic. Ottumwa will play Keokuk later that day at 7 p.m.
The Classic will start at 9 a.m. Friday morning when Cardinal takes on 12th-ranked (Class 3A) Clarke at 9 a.m. After that game has been completed, Clarke will take on Southeast Polk at 10:30. Then, at 12:15 p.m., the Comets will try to upset a third-ranked (Class 4A) Solon team who has suffered only two defeats all season.
Before they take on the Bulldogs, Xavier will face Southeast Polk at 1:45 p.m. Then, in an all-Eastern Iowa matchup at 3:30 p.m., Cedar Rapids Jefferson will take on Solon. Ottumwa’s two games against the Saints and J-Hawks will close out Friday’s schedule.
Saturday’s Classic schedule will include Albia and several other area teams. The Lady Dees begin the day with a game against North Mahaska at 9 a.m. After that, the Warhawks will have to turn around and face Fairfield at 10: 30 a.m. Solon returns to the field to face Ankeny in what should be a hotly contested game at 12:15 p.m.
At 1:45 p.m., The Trojans and the Lady Dees will face off and the Bulldogs game with the Hawkettes will follow. No. 3 (3A) Mid-Prairie will face Keokuk at 5:15 p.m and Ottumwa will wrap up the tourney against Keokuk.
39TH OTTUMWA SOFTBALL CLASSIC SCHEDULE
All games played at Frank Huston Field, Ottumwa
Cardinal vs. No. 12 (3A) Clarke, 9 a.m.
No. 12 Clarke vs. Southeast Polk, 10:30 a.m.
Solon vs. Cardinal, 12:15 p.m.
Southeast Polk vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier, 1:45 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson vs. Solon, 3:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Xavier vs. Ottumwa, 5:15 p.m.
Ottumwa vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 7 p.m.
Albia vs. North Mahaska, 9 a.m.
North Mahaska vs. Fairfield, 10:30 a.m.
Solon vs. Ankeny, 12:15 p.m.
Fairfield vs. Albia, 1:45 p.m.
Ankeny vs. Ottumwa, 3:30 p.m.
Mid-Prarie vs. Keokuk, 5:15 p.m.
Keokuk vs. Ottumwa, 7 p.m.