Oskaloosa’s baseball team split a pair of games at the East Marshall Tournament on Saturday.
The Indians (4-1) trounced East Marshall 12-5 in the first game of the day then lost in the championship game to Bondurant-Farrar 10-4.
The quartet of Nick Rutledge, T.J. Boyle, Clay Tucker and Austin Redlich combined for 10 hits in the win over East Marshall. Rutledge and Tucker collected three hits apiece as Tucker drove in three runs. Redlich had two doubles as the duo of Rutledge and Skyler Purdy held East Marshall to three hits.
The championship game had the Indians committing too many errors to overcome as they dropped their first game of the season.
Rutledge, Boyle and Tucker all had two hits and scored one run each.
“The best news from Saturday was the bats started coming alive for the boys, with a lot of multi-hit games from top to bottom,” Oskaloosa coach Brandon Schmidt said. “We also had about four ‘web gems’ from Redlich, Travis Gile and Jacob Hance. So even with a split, we had plenty of positives to build on for the coming weeks. We just need to combine the pitching and defense from week 1 with the offense from Saturday and we will have a lot of success on the field this year.”
Redlich made a pair of sparkling defensive plays in centerfield while Gile and Hance made one each in left and right fields respectively.
Oskaloosa played a doubleheader at Des Moines North on Monday then hosts Mount Pleasant Tuesday.