Indians Baseball To Begin Post Season Friday

by Jamie Brockman

Oskaloosa used five pitchers, who allowed a combined one hit, with 18 strikeouts, but still found themselves in a dog fight at Washington Monday night.

Nearly three hours, and ten innings later, Oskaloosa pulled out a 3-2 win after Tyler Miller’s solo home run to left field in the top of the tenth inning, his second home run this season. Noah Van Veldhuizen also went deep for the Indians in the second inning, his third of the season, giving Osky a 1-0 lead which they maintained into the fourth inning. The Demons tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then took a 2-1 lead with another run in the bottom of the fifth.

Osky answered back in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of an error, two walks, and a wild pitch to tie the game 2-2. With the game still tied in the top of the tenth, with two outs, Miller hit a ball out of the park in left field to gain the 3-2 lead, and Rian Yates, who only pitched the tenth inning, struck out the side and the Indians got the win.

Oskaloosa scored three runs on five hits and committed two errors. Washington scored two runs on one hit and committed one error.
Wyatt Krier pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run, and no hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Tyler Miller threw two innings, allowing no runs or hits, with four strikeouts and two walks. Noah Van Veldhuizen threw two innings, allowing one run on one hit, with four strikeouts and three walks, Colton Butler pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and started the tenth before being relieved by Rian Yates. Butler allowed no runs on no hits with five strikeouts and four walks. After walking the first two batters, he was relieved by Yates who struck out the side to end the game. Butler was credited with the win while Yates got the save.

At the plate, Van Veldhuizen was 2-2, with a home run and two walks, Miller was 1-5 with the game-winning home run, while Wyatt Krier and Butler each had one hit.

Oskaloosa ends their regular season 21-10, but there’s a lot still on the line this week. As far as the Little Hawkeye Conference race, the Indians may still wind up LHC champions, if things work out. With Norwalk sweeping D-C-G on Saturday, the Indians will finish no worse than second. However, Indianola and Grinnell play a doubleheader Wednesday night. If Indianola wins both, they will be LHC champs and Osky will finish second. But, if Grinnell wins one of the two games, Oskaloosa would finish tied with Indianola at the top of the LHC. From there, Oskaloosa starts postseason play Friday night and will look to win their fifth straight District title. The Indians host 6-21 Nevada Friday night at 7 pm, following a 5 pm game between Pella and Solon. You can hear Friday’s game with Jamie Brockman starting with pre-game at 6:40 pm on Osky News Live powered by Thunder Country KIIC.

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