DES MOINES — Dominick Delehoy collected three hits, including a tiebreaking RBI infield single in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the seventh to help clinch a 6-2 win for the Ottumwa baseball team in the opening game of a CIML Metro conference doubleheader at Des Moines Lincoln on Monday.
The Bulldogs hope of completing a season sweep of the Railsplitters, however, were thwarted in the nightcap. Lincoln rallied with three runs in the sixth inning to earn a 6-4 win over Ottumwa, handing OHS just its second conference loss of the season.
Adam Denniston added a pair of doubles, the first of which kicked off a three-run rally for the Bulldogs in game one. Denniston’s second-inning double was followed by a game-tying RBI triple from Zach Bennett, who earned the win for Ottumwa on the mound allowing just two runs on four hits and one walk to the Railsplitters over seven innings.
Delehoy’s infield single brought home Bennett with the go-ahead run in the second. Singles by Colton McKinnon and Mitch Wood brought Delehoy around to give Ottumwa a 3-1 lead.
Trae Swartz doubled in two runs before scoring along with Logan Chickering on an error in the third inning of game two as the Bulldogs took a 4-2 lead in the nightcap. Ottumwa led 4-3 into the sixth before the Railsplitters evened the score on an RBI hit before a fielders choice allowed Lincoln to score the two eventual game-winning runs.
Ottumwa (17-8, 12-2 CIML Metro) returns home to host Des Moines East in a pivotal battle for the conference championship hopes of the Bulldogs.