Oskaloosa Leads LHC After Sweep Of Newton

by Jamie Brockman

The Oskaloosa baseball team started another busy week strong, sweeping a home doubleheader from Newton Monday night. More importantly, the Indians now lead the Little Hawkeye Conference by a half-game over DC-G who split with Grinnell tonight.

The Indians won game one 11-1 in six innings, then took the nightcap 5-1. Tyler Miller started game one and got the win, pitching four strong innings, allowing no runs and no hits while striking out four and walking one. Nik Dykstra pitched the sixth and seventh innings allowing one run on two hits to get the save.

Osky sent 16 batters to the plate in the second and third innings, scoring seven runs on five hits and two Newton errors. Cole Kraber singled to start the second inning, then Will Schultz struck out but advanced to first on a past ball third strike. Charlie North then singled scoring Kraber, and Carson Genskow reached base on an error allowing Schultz to score, and the Indians led 3-0. In the third, Colton Butler led off with a base hit followed by a Noah Van Veldhuizen single, then Kraber reached on an error loading the bases with no outs for Oskaloosa. Will Schultz drew a walk scoring Butler; North grounded into a fielders choice resulting in Van Veldhuizen being thrown out at home for the first out.

With bases still loaded, Genskow drew a walk scoring Kraber, then Wyatt Krier singled home Schultz, followed by a deep sac fly to center field by Rian Yates for the second out that scored North, giving Oskaloosa a 7-0 lead before Tyler Miller grounded out to end the inning.

Newton scored their run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by Frankie Cataldo to pull within 7-1, but Oskaloosa wasn’t satisfied. The Indians plated three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Nik Dykstra started things off being hit by a pitch, Genskow drew a walk and Krier singled again loading the bases with no outs. Yates then ripped a single scoring both Genskow and Krier. Butler then smacked an RBI double to score Yates.

In the sixth, Osky started with back to back base hits from Will Schultz and Nic Dykstra. Genskow laid down a sacrifice bunt, then Krier grounded into a fielders choice that resulted in Schultz being thrown out at home. With Dykstra at third, Yates ripped a walk-off RBI single to score Dykstra and end the game due to the ten-run rule at 11-1. Oskaloosa scored 11 runs on 11 hits, committed one error and stranded 11 runners, while Newton was limited to one run on just two hits, committed three errors and stranded five runners.

In the nightcap, Cole Kraber went the distance on the mound, throwing seven innings, allowing three hits and one run, while striking out five and walking one to get the win.

Again, Osky started strong in the first inning. Wyatt Krier drew a leadoff walk followed by a double from Rian Yates and a single from Tyler Miller that scored Yates. Colton Butler singled before the inning ended with Osky leading 1-0.

Newton evened the game scoring a run in the top of the second inning on a base hit from Cataldo and RBI from Blake Sevenbergen.

After being retired in order in the second inning, Osky scored two in the third on a two-run home run from Rian Yates, his second of the season. Wyatt Krier drew a one-out walk giving the Indians a 3-1 lead. Oskaloosa added another in the fourth on a solo home run from Cole Kraber, his second of the year. After again being retired in order in the fifth, Oskaloosa scored one more in the sixth on two walks to Tyler Miller and Colton Butler, a single from Noah Van Veldhuizen an RBI single from Will Schultz.

Oskaloosa scored five runs on seven hits and committed four errors while stranding three runners. Newton scored one run on three hits, committed one error and stranded five runners. Oskaloosa improved to 15-5 overall with the wins. As mentioned earlier, with DC-G splitting a doubleheader with Grinnell, Oskaloosa is now 11-4 leading the LHC, DC-G slipped to 10-3 and Indianola is 9-4 after splitting with Pella Christian Monday night.

The Indians travel to Eddyville for a nonconference game Tuesday night with varsity starting at 7:30 pm, then head to Norwalk for a single conference game at 7:30 pm Wednesday night, then finish the week with a doubleheader at Pella Friday night.

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