High school softball: East gains revenge with sweep of Ottumwa

High school softball: East gains revenge with sweep of Ottumwa

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High school softball: East gains revenge with sweep of Ottumwa

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The seventh-ranked East softball team took control of the CIML Metro Conference on Tuesday and got some revenge by sweeping No. 6 Ottumwa, 9-4 and 4-1.
The Scarlets lost their No. 1 spot in the Class 5-A rankings last week after dropping a doubleheader against Ottumwa, but were without reigning Gatorade Iowa Player of the Year Riley Fisher.
She returned Tuesday and helped avenge the Scarlets’ first two defeats of the season.
“Our goal tonight was to show them the real East team, because they didn’t get our best last time,” said Fisher, who is recovering from a pulled groin injury.
Fisher pitched all seven innings in the first game for East, fighting off a shaky start by allowing three hits in the final four innings. The Iowa State recruit finished 4-for-6 at the plate in the doubleheader, crushing three of the hits to the fence.
“Ottumwa is a good team and someone to consider at state, so we had that extra drive tonight,” Fisher said.
The East offense that sputtered to a combined four runs in Ottumwa (25-6, 12-4) turned around with 23 hits. Designated hitter Janie Smith, who also sat out the first series, finished with three RBIs.
East coach Bob Ligouri said he knew his team was capable of more than it showed on the road.
“We all felt that we left a lot on the table when we played down there,” Ligouri said. “Ottumwa deserved to win down there. We didn’t give it to them, they won. Tonight, we went out and won.”
Ligouri said the Scarlets knew it was important to get back on track against a top opponent.
“We’re a seasoned team and it’s getting closer to the tournament and we’re starting to play like a seasoned team is supposed to,” Ligouri said. “This is our country here.”
Ottumwa pitcher Mandi Moore held East to four hits and two runs on June 18. But Moore lasted just three innings of Tuesday’s opener after the Scarlets logged six runs and nine hits.
“I thought we probably hit the ball well enough to win a couple ball games but didn’t get the job done,” Ottumwa coach Frank Huston said.
The sweep puts East firmly in the Metro Conference lead with four regular-season games remaining. Ligouri will settle for his team still playing good softball in a couple weeks.
“It’s nice, but the reality is that we’ve got to win five games in July and that’s what it’s all about,” Ligouri said.
Each team has two doubleheaders remaining against Metro opponents.
Ottumwa 103 000 0–4 7 1
East 303 210 x–9 13 1
Hitting leaders–O: Schreiner 2×3; E: Fitzgerald 2×4, Fisher 2×3, Putzier 3×4, Long 2×3. W–Fisher. L–Moore.
Ottumwa 100 000 0–1 9 0
East 012 010 x–4 10 1
Hitting leaders–O: Garrett 3×4, Schreiner 2×3; E: Fisher 2×3, Smith 2×3. W–Long. L–Vogt.

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