DES MOINES — The Ottumwa baseball team split two games at Des Moines Lincoln Thursday in CIML action.
Despite a solid night at the plate by Blake Mooney in game one; the Bulldogs fell to Des Moines Lincoln 5-2. But Seth Griffiths went 3-for-4 with a triple to help propel the Bulldogs to a 9-6 win in game two.
Mooney, who started game one on the mound, bolstered Ottumwa’s offense by going 2-for-4 with two singles. Kyle Keck also did his part offensively for the Bulldogs; he went 2-for-4 as well.
Mooney started on the mound for Ottumwa in game one. He had a solid night, but he couldn’t overcome his team’s four errors. Mooney gave up only one earned run on eight hits in five and a third innings. Unfortunately for Ottumwa, the Railsplitters were able to capitalize on the Bulldogs mistakes — they scored four unearned runs.
The top of the Bulldogs’ order was a paragon of efficiency in game two. Besides Griffiths three hits, Collin Schulz, Kyle Keck, and Luke McIntosh also added two hits each for the Bulldogs. And Tyler Ollum had a monster game at the plate in the No. 6 spot, going 3-for-4.
Starting Ottumwa pitcher Keck picked up the win. He pitched all seven innings, allowed nine hits, struck out six and walked two.
The Bulldogs (14-10, 6-6) play at Mount Pleasant Friday.
Des Moines Lincoln 5, Ottumwa 2
Ott 000 200 0 — 2 6 4
Lincoln 001 301 x — 5 9 0
Ottumwa battery — Blake Mooney (L, 1-0) (5 1/3 IP, 8H, 5R, 1ER, 4K, 1BB), Karsten VanVelsor (2/3 IP, 1H) Luke McIntosh catching.
Hits — Kyle Keck 2-for-4, VanVelsor 1-for-3, Mooney1-for-1.
RBI — Griffiths. Runs — Tyler Ollum, VanVelsor.
Lincoln battery —Garett Damon (W) (5 2/3 IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2K, 7BB).
2B — Mikey Ryner, Kort Kern, Nate Brown, Blake Mahoney.
Hits — Ryner 1-for-4, Caleb Halton 1-for-4, Kern 2-for-4, Brown 1-for--4, Chris O’Toole 2-for-2, Mahoney 1-for-3.
RBI — Haltom, Kern, Mahoney. Runs — O’Toole, Devin Wicks, Mahoney, #6 - 2.
Ottumwa 9, Des Moines Lincoln 6
Ott 431 001 0 — 9 15 3
Lincoln 132 000 0 — 6 9 1
Ottumwa battery — Keck (W) (7IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 6K, 2BB)
2B — Keck, McIntosh, Ollum.
3B — Seth Griffiths
Hits — Griffiths 3-for-4, Collin Schulz 2-for-4, Keck 2-for-4, McIntosh 2-for-4, Michael Collins 1-for-4, Ollum 3-for-4, VanVelsor 1-for-4, Tyler Johns 1-for-4.
RBI — Griffiths, Schulz, Keck 2, McIntosh, Collins, Ollum, VanVelsor. Runs — Griffiths 2, Schulz 2, Collins, Ollum, Austin Denniston, Mitch Stuchel, Cody Miller.
Lincoln battery — Taylor Hutchins (L) (7IP, 15H, 9R, 5ER, 4K, 1BB).
2B — Ryner, Brown, #6.
3B — Haltom.
Hits — Ryner 2-for-4, Haltom 1-for-4, Brown 1-for-4, Wicks-1-for-3, Hutchins 1-for-3, Mahoney.
RBI — Ryner, Michael Downing, Hutchins. Runs — Haltom, Downing, Brown, Wicks, #6-1.