May 24, 2013

Osky opens with win over EV


When opportunity knocks a team has to answer. 
The knock came Tuesday and the Oskaloosa baseball team answered with a 14-4 nonconference victory over English Valleys.
Oskaloosa trailed 4-0 after two innings when the first knock came. Jacob Hance walked to open the bottom of the second, stole second, went to third on a pass ball and scored on a wild pitch. Oskaloosa batted around in the third inning scoring seven runs on two hits and two errors. Three walks and a hit batsman aided the scoring thrust.
   After going down in order in the fourth, Oskaloosa ended the game early with a five-run outburst in the fifth collecting three hits and taking advantage of an error.
   “That’s exactly what you saw tonight, us taking advantage,” said Oskaloosa coach Brandon Schmidt. “The kids came out a little shaky at the beginning, but we put pressure on them.
“We made the plays and got guys on base.”
   Junior Nick Rutledge limited English Valleys to three hits while striking out seven. He walked four and hit one batter.
   “Nick was a little shaky in the beginning, but he settled down and threw a nice game,” said Schmidt. “He finally found the zone after the first couple innings.”
   In the third inning, among the walks and errors, Clay Tucker drilled a single into left field to drive in two runs. Tucker added an RBI single in the fifth and Jesse VanDalen hit an RBI triple to power the final outburst.
   Oskaloosa (1-0) collected seven hits on the night. Tucker drove in three runs on his two singles; Austin Redlich drove in two runs on a single and a walk. T.J. Boyle and Travis Gile each had a single with an RBI. Van Dalen added a single to go with his triple.
   English Valleys (1-1, 1-0) was led at the plate by Wes Warwick with a single and double. Brennon Grimm had a single.

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