Pella 3, Grinnell 2
PELLA — It was a barnburner of a season-opener for the Dutch on Monday as they were able to edge Grinnell for their first win.
After the Tigers tied the game in the top of the seventh, the Dutch would bounce back and get the win on a walk-off wild pitch.
Pella was held to five hits on the night with two of them coming from River Baker, who also had two RBIs. Mason Wittmer threw three shutout innings with six strikeouts for the Dutch.
Pella (1-0, 1-0 LHC) are back at it on Tuesday when they travel to face Indianola (1-0, 1-0 LHC) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
No. 4 (4A) Oskaloosa 12, Pella Christian 9
OSKALOOSA — A high-scoring opening night matchup saw the fourth-ranked Indians hold off the rallying Eagles.
Osky led 7-0 after one but Pella Christian would answer with four runs in the second to cut it to 7-4. The Indians would then add three runs in the third and two in the sixth to grow their lead to 12-4. The Eagles would try to rally in the seventh, scoring five runs including a three-run blast from Emri Agre. Osky would hold on for the win.
Meghan Moorman recorded three hits for the Indians at the top of the order. Ava Vande Wall, Abby Braundmeier and Sophia Dykstra each added two RBIs for Osky while Faith DeRonde, Maddie Haines and Taylor Wills all drove in one.
Hayle Hacker got the start for Osky and would go 6 1/3 innings giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits with five strikeouts. DeRonde would come in relief of Hacker and get the final two outs with one strikeout.
No. 4 Oskaloosa (1-0, 1-0 LHC) is back at home for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against Grinnell (1-0, 1-0 LHC) as head coach Jay Harms is one win away from 900 career victories.
Pella Christian (0-1, 0-1 LHC) will try to bounce back on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a home doubleheader against Pella (0-1, 0-1 LHC).
*Pella Christian stats were not available at time of print
Grinnell 5, Pella 1
PELLA — Grinnell would spoil Pella’s season opener by defeating the Dutch at home.
The Tigers scored two in the third, one in the sixth and two in the seventh while Pella couldn’t get their offense going until the seventh when they brought home their lone run.
Pella (0-1, 0-1 LHC) will be on the road for a doubleheader on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. as they will face Pella Christian (0-1, 0-1 LHC).
*Pella stats were not available at time of print
Knoxville 8, Southeast Warren 1
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers jumped out to an 8-1 lead after four innings and didn’t look back on their season-opening win over the Warhawks.
Maddy Findley reached base all four times with three singles and a walk. Emma Dunkin, Ashlyn Finarty and Olivia Maasdam all had two RBIs while Reilly Finarty and Madelynn Liston both drove in one run for Knoxville.
Ashlyn Finarty pitched five strong innings in the circle for the Panthers, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Ciara Heffron finished the last two innings of the game giving up just two hits with a pair of punch outs.
Knoxville (1-0, 0-0 SCC) hits the road on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. when they will travel to face Pella Christian (0-1, 0-1 LHC).