Syd George took the loss for English Valleys going 2 1/3 innings giving up seven runs on three hits, five strikeouts, four walks and two hit batsmen. Grimm closed out the night allowing six runs on four hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
“It was a good first game for us, “ said Schmidt. “I never like to fall behind, but they lost quite a few players from last year’s state tournament team. We felt we could put a lot of pressure on them and were able to do that.”
Oskaloosa will host 2012 Class 1A champion Martinsdale-St. Mary’s on Thursday. The junior varsity game will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity.
Oskaloosa 14, English Valleys 4
EV 220 000 0 — 4 4
O 117 050 x — 14 7
Oskaloosa battery — Nick Rutledge (W, 1-0, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 7 SO, 4 BB) and T.J. Boyle.
3B — Jesse VanDalen.
Hits — VanDalen 2-for-4, Clay Tucker 2-for-4, Boyle 1-for-3, Austin Redlich 1-for-2, Travis Gile 1-for-4. Runs — Skylar DeJong 3, Rutledge 2, VanDalen 2, Jacob Hance 2, Tucker, Redlich, Gile, Jake Wills. RBI — Tucker 3, Boyle, Redlich, VanDalen, Hance, Gile.