Osky Girls Keep On Keeping On Now 25-2 On Season.
By Matt Saville
The Oskaloosa girls are one of the best softball teams in class 4A in the state of Iowa. They are off to one of the best, if not the best, start ever by a Oskaloosa softball team in school history. What they did and how they played this week has done nothing to hurt either one of the these statements, as the lady Indians went 4-0 to improve to 25-2 on the season.
Monday saw the lady Indians travel to Knoxville, only to see them halted in the 10th inning, tied at 1 with the lady Panthers, due to lightning. The game will only be made up if needed for conference standings.
Tuesday night the Indians hosted the Albia Lady Dee’s in a non-conference game. The Indian bats were alive and well, as they came away with a hard earned 7-4 victory. Picking up the win on the mound for Osky was sophomore Kylee Silliman, as she went all 7 innings, giving up 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 10, only allowing 3 earned runs to the Lady Dee’s.
Leading the hit parade was senior Kelsie Tomlin 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI, Silliman 1-3 with a big homerun and 2 RBI, senior Callie Arnold going 2-3 with a double and an RBI and freshman bash sister Aubrey Miller with a homerun and RBI. Getting singles for the Indians were Sr’s. Bridgette Richards and Kailyn Risher, Jr. Bethany Rowley and So. Brooke Caves.
Osky played host to conference rival Pella Christian Wednesday night in a double header. The Lady Indians finished off the ladies from PC with the season sweep taking both games 3-2 and 8-3.
Kylee Silliman continued to see the softball ball as the size of a volleyball as she hit her second homerun in as many days and had 3 more hits and 5 total RBI’s between both games, to lead the Indians to the victories. She was far from alone in the assault as the table setter Kelsie Tomlin went a combined 4-7 with 2 RBI. Alexis Westercamp got into the long ball mode, as she went deep and went a combined 4-7 in helping the Indian offense.
The pitching duo of Alexis Groet and Kylee Silliman combined for 24 strikeouts, while allowing just 2 earned runs each in the two wins. Osky is one of the few teams in the state that can boast the fact that they can send out one of two pitchers every night and feel that they have the better pitcher going against their opponent.
Friday night had the Grinnell Tigers coming to town for LHC action, but the only action was that put on by the Indians. They were led once again by freshman Alexis Groet, as she had everything working in her arsenal, as she threw a no-hitter and had 13 strikeouts in a 10-0 win over the Tigers. The Osky offense was in a supportive mood also, as they were led by senior Kailyn Risher going 3-3 with an RBI, soph. Alexis Westercamp 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI, senior Callie Arnold 1-4 with 2 RBI and soph. Alexis Vroegh 1-1 with an RBI.
Oskaloosa is next in action Monday night as they travel to Dallas Center Grimes for a huge Little Hawkeye Conference double header, for what will probably be the conference title.