MARSHALLTOWN — The Ottumwa baseball team has played on the road three times so far in 2019. In each game, the Bulldogs have scored the very first run in the very first inning.
Andrew Cole made sure, for the first time this season, that the early Bulldog lead held up. Cole struck out three batters and allowed just four hits in the second game of a varsity high school baseball doubleheader at Marshalltown on Wednesday, allowing Ottumwa to secure a 2-0 win after dropping a 4-2 decision in game one.
The Bobcats put the pressure on Cole and the Bulldog defense in the final inning of game two as an error and a hit brought the winning run to the plate. Cole responded by forcing Will VanBuren to fly out to left, clinching Ottumwa's first road win of the season.
Jesus Jaime drove each of Ottumwa's two runs in Wednesday night's opener. After driving in Mitch Wood with a first-inning RBI double, Jaime delivered an RBI single to score Logan Chickering, giving OHS a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Marshalltown used the long ball to rally in the opener. Dru Dobbins drilled a solo home run in the fourth to pull the Bobcats within 2-1 before Wade Canaday's two-run homer in the fifth put Marshalltown ahead for good.
Ottumwa (5-2) came right back to open game two, loading the bases to open the first inning. Jaime's third RBI of the night on a groundout to first base was followed by a one-out RBI single by Adam Denniston, scoring Wood to put OHS up 2-0.
The Bulldogs return home on Friday night to make-up a varsity doubleheader with Ankeny Centennial. First pitch at Legion Memorial Field is set for 5 p.m.