WEST DES MOINES — The high-flying Ottumwa softball squad couldn’t find its wings on Monday night in West Des Moines.

Dowling Catholic, 11th-ranked in Class 4A, stopped the seventh-ranked Bulldogs 11-game win streak with a non-conference CIML sweep by scores of 2-1 and 6-4.

Seven of Ottumwa’s nine losses have come away from the friendly confines of Huston Field. The Bulldogs are 16-2 at home.

“We weren’t sharp in any aspect of our game. It surprised me because I thought we were really in a good position, had the ball rolling after the East win and winning 11 in a row,” said Ottumwa head coach Frank Huston.

McKenzie Cason’s RBI groundout scored Ottumwa’s run in the fourth inning but the frame started with much more promise as the Bulldogs had bases load with no outs.

OHS all-state hurler Ali Downing walked an uncharacteristic seven batters and three of those cost Ottumwa in the bottom of the fifth. Downing issued three free passes in the frame and one of those runs crossed the plate on an infield grounder to tie it at 1-1.

Ottumwa threatened with two outs in the top half of the seventh on a single by junior Tricia Bix. But Ottumwa was cut down at the plate after a single by Brittany Johnston got by the Dowling outfielder.

Dowling won the game on an infield dribbler by Kate Van Dyke with the bases loaded and two outs.

Ottumwa led 4-1 in the second game after a Caitlin Davis’ home run in the fifth inning.

Dowling went ahead for good with four runs in the sixth inning after plating a run in the fifth inning. Two Bulldog errors and four Dowling hits contributed to that four-spot put up by the Maroons.

Kassie Heckart was saddled with the loss after giving up just one earned run.

Ottumwa (31-9, 14-4) looks to get back on track at Des Moines Roosevelt for its last two conference games of the season.

Dowling Catholic 2, Ottumwa 1

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DOW 000 010 1 — 2 4 1

Ottumwa battery — Ali Downing (L, 16-5) (6 2/3 IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 6K, 7BB), Jeanie Stice catching.

Hits — Morgan Olson 1-3, Caitlin Davis 1-3, Tricia Bix 1-3, Brittany Johnston.

RBI — McKenzie Cason. Runs — Olson.

Dowling Catholic 6, Ottumwa 4

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DOW 100 014 x — 6 7 1

Ottumwa battery — Kassie Heckart (L, 15-4) (6IP, 7H, 6R, 1ER, 2K, 4BB), Kaity Peden catching.

2B — Karie Downing, Johnston.

HR — Davis.

Hits — K. Downing 2-4, Olson 1-4, Davis 1-4, Cason 1-3, Johnston 1-2.

RBI — Olson, Davis 2. Runs — K. Downing, Olson, Davis, Johnston.


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