Indians Go 4-1 in Final Full Week of 2017

Bennett Spry rips a double against Carlisle in the first game of the evening.

by Wade Steinlage

The Oskaloosa Indian baseball team was nearly perfect last week and will look to use that momentum for a big postseason push.

Oskaloosa (24-13, 14-6 LHC) opened the week with a 10-2 win over Washington Monday. On Wednesday, the squad split with Carlisle, winning 6-2 and falling 3-0.

The Indians concluded Little Hawkeye Conference play Thursday, defeating Indianola 7-4, before dumping Twin Cedars 13-3 in six innings Friday.

Oskaloosa 10, Washington 2

Up 4-1 after four frames, OHS was not quite clear of danger. The Indians closed strong, though, putting three additional runs on the board in the fifth and then again in the seventh.

Headlining Oskaloosa’s 9-7 advantage in hits was Charlie Bandstra as he finished with three base knocks. Alex DeJong added two more hits, while Bennett Spry connected on a triple.

DeJong drove in three runs, while Spry (also with three walks) and Seth Sarver were good for two RBIs apiece. Bandstra crossed home plate on three occasions, while Tucker Nunnikhoven, Rian Yates, and Casey Hill all did so twice.

Sarver also dished up two strikeouts (one walk) in four innings as the starting pitcher. Peyton Crouse and Nick Harrington (one walk) added two strikeouts each as well.

Oskaloosa 6, Carlisle 2

A three-run second inning helped the Indians to the win in the opener.

DeJong and Harrington topped OHS with two hits each as the Indians overcame a 7-6 deficit in hits. Spry and Hill scored twice, while Hill also stole a pair of bases. DeJong, who had a double, finished the win with two RBIs.

Harrington was one out from going the distance, but ran into some trouble in the seventh. He ended up with three strikeouts against one walk in 6 2/3 frames.

Carlisle 3, Oskaloosa 0

The nightcap was not as pleasant for the maroon and white as they notched just three hits (Carlisle had eight). Nunnikhoven was the offense’s best option with a hit and two stolen bases. DeJong added a triple.

Crouse was fairly effective in six innings, striking out one and walking three. Tyler Miller worked a quiet seventh inning.

Oskaloosa 7, Indianola 4

The Indian-Indian matchup went to the visitors from Oskaloosa. OHS put four on the board in the second inning and cruised to the victory in the LHC finale.

The middle of the order dominated Indianola’s pitching as Ethan Arnold produced four hits out of the #6 hole. Harrington, the #4 hitter, had three base knocks (two doubles), while #5 hitter Blake Van Veldhuizen and #7 hitter Crouse both added two hits.

Harrington and Hill rounded the pads twice, while Arnold recorded three RBIs and Nunnikhoven had two. Crouse also drew a pair of walks.

Yates managed two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings as the starter.

Oskaloosa 13, Twin Cedars 3

The Indians posted multiple runs in four separate frames, including four in both the fourth and sixth to earn their first run-rule win of the year.

OHS tallied just eight hits, but also walked six times and did not waste its baserunners. DeJong definitely ‘set the table’ at the top of the lineup, finishing with three hits (two doubles), three runs, two RBIs, and a stolen base.

Crouse led Oskaloosa with three RBIs, while Spry drove in two more. Cole Kraber scored twice as well.

Spry took the win with two strikeouts (four walks) in four innings, but Kraber was nearly untouchable in relief as he struck out four in two frames.

Next Up: Oskaloosa wraps up its regular season Tuesday by hosting Fairfield in a single non-conference game at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians earned the top seed in Class 3A’s District 12 and will host Chariton in Friday’s semifinal round at 7 p.m. The winner will then play the winner of #9 Knoxville and Pella for the district crown next Monday at 7 p.m.



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