Just a season ago Ottumwa was on the verge of making the state baseball tournament-- that goal stopped in its tracks by the narrowest of margins at Substate.
"Losing by one run it definitely hurt a lot."
The start of the season looked just as painful for the bulldogs that lost 4 of their first 5 games of the season.
"We started off a little rough this year and you know we definitely made some changes we had some off field issues and we decided to part ways with some things."
Those changes are starting to pay off-- now 15 and 11 this season-- the bulldogs have won 7 of their last nine games.
More wins means more fun-- and that's what keeps fueling Ottumwa on the diamond.
"We just all started having fun and getting on a roll and playing like we're capable of playing. Everyone is hitting, we're on fire and we're on a pretty good start for the substate."
Substate are the focus now as they approach the home stretch of the season.
"That's what we preach right now obviously we're playing for that substate seed right now but at the same time we have to take every game like it is a playoff game."
And that will hopefully prepare the bulldogs for what's to come-- so they can finish their season on a better note than last year.
"For those seniors last year I don't want to be the one that doesn't go to state my senior year."
"I feel like if we keep playing like we are we'll be just fine"
And if all goes right they'll turn that one run loss from last year into a win and a trip to Principal Park,”
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