Weller throws no-hitter in Ottumwa Little League state tournament win

Dawson Weller, seen here firing a baseball to first base during practice for the Ottumwa Little League 10-year-old team, tossed a no-hitter on Saturday that included 16 strikeouts in a 3-0 state tournament win over Newton.

Jacob Figueroa laid down a bunt that led to a pair of tiebreaking runs scoring on error in the top of the seventh before closing out the game on the mound as the Ottumwa Little League 12-year-old baseball team posted a 5-2 win over North Scott, winning the team's first complete game in the Iowa State Tournament at Doanes Park.

Ottumwa had its first game in the 12-year-old state tournament halted by rain against Johnston. Johnston led 7-0 at the time of the weather stoppage. The game will not resume unless it is needed to determine a berth in Thursday's state championship game.

Dylan Forney struck out seven batters over five innings on the mound. Nolan Heller went 2-3 at the plate, driving in two runs. Tucker Long added an RBI hit during the seventh inning, giving Ottumwa a 4-1 lead.

In the 10-year-old Iowa State Little League tournament, Ottumwa Little League split its first two games winning 3-0 over Newton behind a no-hitter on the mound by Dawson Weller, who struck out 16 batters on Saturday. Carter Johnson and Bode Ferrell drove in all three runs for Ottumwa with Johnson driving in two runs while Ferrell collected an RBI single in the win.

Ottumwa dropped a 10-5 decision to Johnston on Sunday, allowing nine runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ottumwa could not overcome five errors despite building a 5-1 lead.

Both Ottumwa 10 and 12-year-old Little League squads will continue state tournament play on Monday. The Ottumwa Little League 10-year-olds take on Morningside in Urbandale at 6 p.m. The Ottumwa Little League 12-year-olds will face Lynnville-Sully in Pleasant Hill at 8:15 p.m.

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