Freshman Kylee Silliman drilled a two-run home run over the left field fence to power Oskaloosa to an 8-1 victory Friday.
The win pushes No. 11 Oskaloosa to a 9-0 mark and keeps it atop the Little Hawkeye Conference standings.
Senior Kylie Hill singled to open the bottom of the second inning. Silliman took the first pitch from Pella Christian’s Shannon Fynaardt over the fence. A leadoff single by Fynaardt in the top of the third, a walk to Amber Sneller and a single by Tessa Howerzyl scored the only Pella Christian run of the game.
Oskaloosa (9-0, 3-0) extended the lead in the fifth scoring four runs on four hits, two walks, a hit batsman and an error. The Indians added two more in the sixth on a single by junior Kailyn Risher and back-to-back doubles from juniors Kelsie Tomlin and Callie Arnold.
Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms had reservations about facing Pella Christian despite their 4-5-1 record.
“ I was a little concerned about this game,” said Harms. “They are a good ball club. That homerun really got us going. I thought did a good job getting the bat on the ball tonight.”
Pella Christian used three different pitchers in the contest. Fynaardt made two appearances and took the loss throwing a total of three innings. She gave up three runs on four hits and two walks. The Pella Christian hurlers gave up five walks and hit a batter.
Oskaloosa’s eighth-grade hurler Alexis Groet picked up the win scattering five hits. She gave up one run. She walked four and struck out four.
Howerzyl, Abby Pleima, Jenna Roose, Taylor Hartson and Fynaardt hit singles for Pella Christian.
Tomlin had a double and two singles to pace Oskaloosa. Arnold added a double to go with her single And Silliman also singled. Risher hit two singles and Hill had one.
Oskaloosa will host Grinnell Monday in a 9-JV-varsity contest. The Indians travel to Des Moines Hoover Wednesday and travels to Newton Friday.