Indian Baseball Compete During Hot, Busy Week

Senior Alex DeJong fires his right arm from short stop to first base against Indianola.

Senior Alex DeJong fires his right arm from short stop to first base against Indianola.

by Wade Steinlage

The Oskaloosa Indian baseball team did enough to stay in the silver position in the league standings this past week.

Oskaloosa (17-10, 12-6 LHC) opened the week Tuesday, falling 4-1 to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. The squad was then upended twice by Indianola Wednesday, falling 6-5 and 9-1.

The week turned around Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Pella Christian, winning 10-2 and 10-0 (5 innings). OHS then capped things off by splitting with Pella Saturday, falling 6-3 and winning 10-3.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4, OHS 1

The Indians posted a 6-4 advantage in hits, but could not get on the board until the seventh. Unfortunately, their one run was not enough. Keaton DeKock singled home Wyatt Krier with the lone score.

DeKock and Krier paced the offense with a pair of hits, while Cole Kraber headed the pitching staff with four strikeouts (one walk) in four frames of work. Alex Dejong added two strikeouts of his own in relief.

Indianola 6, OHS 5

OHS entered the bottom of the seventh of the opener tied at 5-5, but walked off the diamond in disappointment as Class 4A #4 Indianola earned the victory with a lead-off home run.

Outhit 9-8, Oskaloosa took advantage of unstable pitching early on by scoring on a pair of wild pitches in the first inning. IHS answered with two of its own in the bottom half and two more in the third for a 4-2 edge, but the Indians knotted it back up at 4-4 in the fourth on a two-run double via Nick Harrington.

The sides exchanged a run over the next two frames, keeping the score tied going into the final half inning of regulation. Unfortunately, Indianola provided the walk-off fireworks.

Brothers Noah and Blake Van Veldhuizen both posted two hits, as did Harrington. Noah Van Veldhuizen crossed the plate twice in the setback.

Harrington recorded four strikeouts against five walks in a complete-game effort.

Indianola 9, OHS 1

The nightcap did not provide the same amount of drama as OHS only scored once, doing so in the first, and league-leading Indianola responded with eight unanswered for the Little Hawkeye Conference sweep.

Tyler Miller was almost all of Oskaloosa’s offense, tallying two hits, walking once, and scoring once. Four different hurlers hit the mound with starter Rian Yates having the most success. He struck out four and walked one in three innings.

OHS 10, Pella Christian 2

Down 2-1 after five innings, the Indians were in danger of dropping a game they could not afford to lose. Fortunately, they regrouped down the stretch and eventually ran away with it by scoring eight runs in the seventh.

OHS, which was actually being no-hit through six frames, finally broke through in its last at-bats. The hits put pressure on the Eagle defense and PC committed three of its four errors in the seventh to help Oskaloosa secure the victory.

Alex Dejong provided the biggest shot with a three-run home run, while Noah Van Veldhuizen followed suit with a solo blast of his own in the next at-bat. Both teams finished with six hits, while Miller and Krier each scored twice.

Colton Butler claimed the win, finishing with six Ks and three BBs in six innings on the mound. Dejong backed up his hitting with two strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh.

OHS 10, Pella Christian 0

The Indians carried their momentum from the opener into the nightcap and wrapped up the sweep in convincing fashion. They posted a 12-3 margin in hits and scored six times in the third for the win.

Tucker Nunnikhoven had the big game, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, while Dejong and Kraber each contributed two hits as well. Kraber and Reed Brown also both rounded the pads twice.

Tyler Miller struck out five against two walks in four innings as the starting pitcher.

Pella 6, OHS 3

The rivals were battling for second place and the Dutch got even in the standings in the opener by doubling up OHS in the hits column, 10-5.

Tied at 1-1 after three frames, Pella scored five unanswered in the fourth and fifth to take the victory. Nunnikhoven produced two hits and DeKock walked twice. Yates was chased from the contest, but recorded five strikeouts (one walk) in 4 1/3 innings.

OHS 10, Pella 3

The Indians bounced back to claim the twinbill split and get back into sole possession of second place in the LHC. They led 5-0 following three frames of play and then put the game on ice with a five-spot in the fifth. OHS owned a 10-3 edge in hits and took advantage of five PHS fielding mistakes.

It was a balanced attack as eight starters posted a hit; Nunnikhoven was the lone player with multiple base knocks (2). Nunnikhoven drove in five runs with his bat, while the quartet of Krier, Miller (two walks), Dejong, and Kraber all scored twice.

Harrington headed a trio of Indian pitchers by tallying four strikeouts (two walks) in four innings.

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