Pella 9, Grinnell 8
PELLA — These two teams will meet in a little over a week with the season on the line in the regional quarterfinals. If Monday night was any indication, that could be a pretty good game as Pella was able to hold on for their fifth win of the season and their third win in their last six games.
Pella got off to an early 2-0 lead before surrendering it with Grinnell scoring three runs in the fourth. The Lady Dutch would then explode for seven runs in the fifth but the Tigers would not go down easy as they score one in the sixth and four in the seventh to pull within one before Pella closed it out.
Tori Van Vark led the bats by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Kylie Tauke was 2-for-4 with a double. Katie Pollock, Kiki Riggen, Ava Curry, Payton Lyons and Thea Wisse all drove in one run.
Hailey Van Vark went 6 1/3 innings in her first career start, allowing seven runs on six hits with seven walks and six strikeouts. Ella Corbin got the final two outs with a pair of strikeouts for the Lady Dutch.
“Great team win, Hailey Van Vark with her first career pitching start and got the win,” Pella head coach Katie Gravert said. “Tori Van Vark went 3-for-4 with some clutch hits! We played a complete game defensively, offensively and pitching. Great way to start of a busy week!”
Pella (5-24, 2-15 LHC) will host North Mahaska (14-9) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
No. 5 (3A) Albia 1, Knoxville 0
ALBIA — A big game in the South Central Conference race ended up being a pitchers duel with the Lady Dees walking it off in nine innings.
Ashlyn Finarty continued great pitching in the circle for the Panthers as she surrendered just the lone run on four hits with three strikeouts. Finarty along with Ciara Heffron both had multiple hits in the contest.
Knoxville (18-8, 5-4 SCC) will go to PCM (13-12) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Knoxville 7, Albia 3
ALBIA — The Knoxville offense came alive late in this one with six runs in the last two innings to grab the win.
Evan Eck was 3-for-4 and a triple short of the cycle with a home run and one RBI. Bode Cox also had three hits with a RBI. Dakota Ramsey drove in two runs while Luke Spaur, Jaxon Zuck and Mike Hudson all had one RBI.
Beau Leisure got the win after pitching 2 2/3 shutout innings allowing just one hit and one walk with two strikeouts. Spaur pitched 3 2/3 innings with one run allowed on two hits with three walks and one punch out while Hudson pitched 2/3 innings with two runs, one earned, on three hits.
Knoxville (9-13, 5-8 SCC) will travel to No. 4 (3A) Grinnell (20-5) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.