Indians Split With DC-G

by Jamie Brockman

The Oskaloosa Baseball team hit the road Wednesday for a twin bill at Dallas Center-Grimes and earned a split dropping a close first game 2-1 but came back to win 9-0 in the nightcap, and also snapped a three-game losing streak.

In the first game, Oskaloosa jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Cole Kraber hit a one-out single. Rian Yates reached base on an error by the Mustang shortstop, and the Indians had runners at first and second base. Then with two outs, another Mustang error, again by the shortstop, allowed Charlie North to reach base, scoring Kraber.

Oskaloosa starting pitcher Rian Yates started strong, retiring nine of the first 10 Mustang batters, but DC-G got the bats going in their half of the fourth inning tied the game with one run on three hits. The game remained tied into the bottom of the sixth inning when DC-G took advantage of a couple of Indian mistakes to score the winning run. Yates walked the leadoff batter, Caleb Dicken, his only walk allowed in the game, and it came back to haunt him as the next batter hit a double to right field. An Osky error allowed the go-ahead run to cross before Yates struck out the next three Mustang batters in order to end the sixth. DC-G pitcher Logan Smith retired the Indians in order in the seventh to end the game with a 2-1 win.

Osky scored one run on three hits, all singles from Kraber, Colton Butler and Noah Van Veldhuizen, while commiting one error and stranded six base runners.

DC-G scored two runs on five hits, committed four errors and stranded four base runners. Yates took the loss throwing six innings, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out seven and walking one. Yates has 19 strikeouts in his last two appearances.

Game two was all Oskaloosa from the start as the bats got hot and starting pitcher Noah Van Veldhuizen only allowed two hits in six innings of work.

Wyatt Krier led off the first inning with a single, Cole Kraber was hit by a pitch giving the Indians runners at first and second with no outs. Tyler Miller sac bunted the runners to second and third, then Rian Yates hit a deep sac fly to center field that scored Krier. Osky added three more runs in the second inning, all coming with two outs. Colton Butler drew a walk, Nic Dykstra reached on yet another error by the Mustang shortstop, then Krier ripped a 2 RBI single scoring Butler and Dykstra. The Indians weren’t done yet as Kraber singled home Krier giving them a 4-0 lead before the inning ended.

Van Veldhuizen and the Indians defense did their jobs not allowing a hit until the fifth inning but kept the Mustangs scoreless. Oskaloosa added two more runs in the sixth, again all occurring with two outs. Will Schultz was hit in the helmet by a pitch, and thankfully was uninjured. Butler then ripped an RBI double scoring Schultz from first base. Dykstra reached on another error by once again the DC-G shortstop, his fourth error in the two games, which scored Butler to lead 6-0. In the seventh inning, Kraber led off with a single, followed by a Tyler Miller single, and a sac fly to center field by Yates scoring Kraber, followed by a Van Veldhuizen one out single. Schultz drew a two-out walk and then Butler put the exclamation point on with a two-RBI double scoring Miller and Van Veldhuizen and took their 9-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Butler came to the mound in the seventh in relief of Van Veldhuizen and finished the job giving Osky the 9-0 win.

Osky scored nine runs on nine hits and two DC-G errors and stranded six base runners. DC-G scored no runs on just three hits while stranding seven base runners. Van Veldhuizen got the win throwing six strong innings, facing a total of 24 batters, allowing just two hits, while striking out nine and walking three and also hit a batter. Butler pitched the seventh inning and allowed only one hit.

At the plate, Krier was 2-4 with 2 RBI, Kraber went 2-4 with a RBI, Miller was 1-4, Yates was 1-4 with two sac flies and two RBI, Van Veldhuizen 1-4, Schultz was 0-2 but reached base twice on a walk and hit by pitch and scored a run, Butler was 2-3 with a walk and 3 RBI, and although Dykstra didn’t have a hit, he was on base three times and scored a run.

With the split, Oskaloosa is now 4-3 on the season and 1-2 in LHC play. The Indians get the night off Thursday then travel to Newton Friday night.

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