Indians Look to Defend State Crown

The Oskaloosa Indians are headed back to Fort Dodge to defend their state championship.

by Wade Steinlage

The Oskaloosa Indian softball team has accomplished one goal and now defense of its state crown is all that is left on the 2017 checklist.

#5 Oskaloosa (29-12) defeated #7 Burlington in the Class 4A Region 5 final to return to Fort Dodge for the state tournament. The Indians will open their title defense as the #4 seed, taking on #5 Mount Pleasant (31-10) Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Buena Vista University Diamond. The quarterfinal winner will then meet either #1 Winterset or #8 Sergeant Bluff-Luton in Thursday’s semifinal.

It is OHS’ third trip to state in the past four seasons.

Oskaloosa 5, Burlington 1

Despite dominating Grayhound pitcher Alivia Fawcett by posting 10 hits, the host Indians were knotted at 1-1 entering the bottom of the sixth frame.

OHS put the game’s first run on the board in the second when Meghan Moorman drove in Aubrey Miller. Groet permitted the tying run in the top of the sixth, but her offense responded in a big way with four tallies in the bottom half.

Maddie Haines provided the go-ahead hit with a single to plate Ava Vande Wall, who led off the inning with a double. Two more run-scoring singles were recorded by Devan Welch and Josie Bunnell.

Groet then closed the door with a scoreless seventh frame and the celebration ensued. She dominated the Burlington lineup, striking out 15 against just one walk. Groet, who allowed only three hits, actually struck out the first eight batters she faced.

Bunnell guided her squad with three hits, while Moorman and Welch added two base knocks each. Miller scored twice in the win.

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