Prep softball: A long time coming for Nickerson

Chad Drury | The Courier

Ottumwa High School softball players Kacy Nickerson (left) and Morgan Greiner chat after scoring on Kaylee Bix’s two-run double in the third inning of the first game of Wednesday’s CIML Metro doubleheader against Des Moines Lincoln at Huston Field. 

DES MOINES — Eighth-ranked Ottumwa returned to the diamond after a week off, securing a pair of wins that keeps the Bulldogs in contention to win a second straight CIML Metro title. After winning 9-1 in game one at Des Moines Lincoln, the Bulldogs secured the sweep with a 14-0 victory in game two.

Hannah Huisinga scored twice and drove in Kaylee Bix in the fourth with an RBI triple in the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh. Josie Lemonds added an RBI double during a three-run rally in the third inning of game one.

Kacy Nickerson, meanwhile, continued to dominate Lincoln hitting in the pitching circle. Nickerson retired the first 12 Railsplitter batters before allowing her first hit and first run to Lincoln in 17 innings in the fifth.

Lemonds drove in Ottumwa’s first run of game two with an RBI single. Sydney Schlarbaum added a run-scoring groundout later in the inning to double the Bulldog lead. Huisinga drove in two more runs with an extra base hit and scored as the Bulldogs put together 10 straight hits starting with a double by Nickerson, helping push 12 runs across including two on a home run by Bix to open a 14-run lead.

Ottumwa (26-4, 13-3 CIML Metro) returns home for a key Senior Night conference doubleheader against Des Moines East needing a pair of wins to say in control of winning at least a share of the Metro title. The Bulldogs will then host the Ottumwa Classic on Friday and Saturday with games against Centerville, Fairfield, Davenport Assumption and Johnston.

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