Indians Suffer Second Straight Loss To Ranked Teams

The Indians suffered their second straight loss to a ranked team on Wednesday night.

by Jamie Brockman

For the second straight night, the Oskaloosa baseball team had a top 10 ranked opponent beat and down to their final three outs, but suffered a 4-3 loss, this time to 7th ranked Centerville. Osky finally got their bats working with nine hits, but six defensive errors led to the loss.

Centerville scored one in the top of the first inning on two hits and an Osky error. The Indians got back to back singles from Wyatt Krier and Tyler Miller to start their half of the first inning but weren’t able to produce a run. Two hits along with two Osky errors loaded the bases for Centerville in the second inning, but the Big Red didn’t score. Cole Kraber led off the bottom of the second with a double and scored on a two-out RBI single from Nik Dykstra to tie the game. Krier drew a walk and stole second base, then Tyler Miller, who was 4-4 on the night, ripped a 2 RBI single scoring Dykstra and Krier and the Indians held a 3-1 lead.

After pitching the first two innings, Jarret Czerwinski was relieved by Colton Butler who retired 12 of the next 14 Big Red Batters and Osky maintained the 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. For the second night in a row, however, a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh came back to haunt the Indians as Centerville scored two runs using the leadoff walk and two Osky errors. The Indians had a chance to win in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t score despite a two-out double from Tyler Miller. Centerville again used a leadoff walk and another Osky error in the top of the eighth inning to score the go-ahead run. The Indians were retired in order in the bottom of the eighth, and the 8th ranked Big Red left with a 4-3 win.

Centerville scored their last three runs without a hit, taking advantage of three walks and three Osky errors in the seventh and eighth innings.
Colton Butler suffered the loss pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs, only one which was earned. He allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking three.

At the plate, Miller was 4-4 with three singles, a double and two RBI, Kraber had a double, Dykstra an RBI single, while Krier, Charlie North, and Carson Genskow each had a single.

Oskaloosa fell to 18-10 overall this season. The Indians will play their final two Little Hawkeye Conference games Thursday night hosting Pella Christian. The first game will resume in the top of the fifth inning with Oskaloosa holding a 12-0 lead, followed by a full second game. These games will be played at the Lacey Complex starting at 5:30 pm.

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