Natalie Harrill

Pella Christian's Natalie Harrill fields a tough grounder at the Pella Christian Tournament


Pella Christian 5, Newton 4

Newton 4, Pella Christian 3

NEWTON — The Pella Christian Eagles started what would be a busy weekend on Friday with a couple of one-run games at Newton with both teams getting a win.

Both games saw late pushes from PC. In game one, Newton jumped in front 2-1 early as Alexa Dunsbergen drew a leadoff walk before later scoring on a wild pitch for the Eagles.

PC found themselves behind 3-1 entering the sixth where they would rally for three runs. With two outs, the Eagles would rattle off five straight singles with Faith Kacmarynski, Sydney Nunnikhoven and Emma Eekhoff recording RBIs while putting the team in front 4-3.

The Eagles added an insurance run in the seventh on Anna Bonnett’s RBI single to right which ended up being big as Newton would look to rally with two outs in the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals got one run back and had the tying run on third and the winning run on second before Dunsbergen would get the next batter to fly out to center to end the game.

Natalie Harrill and Eekhoff had two hits while the latter led with two RBIs. Dunsbergen got the win after giving up four runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in seven innings of work.

PC found themselves in a similar situation in game two as they trailed 3-0 after two innings and eventually 4-0 heading to their final three outs in the seventh.

The Eagles eyed another big two-out rally with Eekhoff getting things started with a two-out double. Jarah Morgan would thing single her home with a base hit while Bailey Roose would cut the deficit to one with a two-run homer to left-center. PC brought the tying run to the plate but Newton would escape with the win.

Trinity Vos took the loss after allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits with three walks and two punch outs.

Pella Christian 8, PCM 5

Knoxville 11, Grinnell 0

Knoxville 2, Pella Christian 0

PELLA — The Eagles hosted the Pella Christian Softball Tournament on Saturday with Knoxville among the teams in attendance.

Pella Christian opened up against PCM and blitzed them early to lead 8-0 after two innings. A pair of PCM errors would give the Eagles two runs in the first. PC would then open the second inning with back-to-back home runs from Morgan and Roose while three walks in the inning would help the Eagles bring across six runs in the inning. PCM would chip away at the deficit but the damage was done early and PC grabbed the win.

Roose and Morgan both had a home run and one RBI. Trinity Vos finished with three RBIs while Harrill, Kacmarynski and Eekhoff each had one RBI. Dunsbergen grabbed the win after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings on the rubber.

Knoxville’s first game of the day was against Grinnell as they dominated the Tigers in a five-inning win. Ashlyn Finarty had a home run and two RBIs in the game while Jadyn Streigle was 3-for-3. Emma Dunkin finished 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, Olivia Maasdam went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs while Ciara Heffron and Kalli Wilson both had two hits and one RBI. Finarty secured the win after pitching five shutout innings allowing just one hit with six strikeouts.

Knoxville would then clash with PC for both team’s second game of the day as the Panthers got another big game in the circle and from their defense. The only two runs of the game came in the third and forth inning. Emma Dunkin’s RBI walk with the bases loaded scored one run while Olivia Maasdam drove in the other with a RBI single. The Panthers threatened for more in both innings but PC would escape both times by stranding the bases loaded. Harrill started the seventh with a leadoff double but Knoxville would retire the next three Eagle batters to end the game.

Dunkin and Maasdam both had a RBI while Jadyn Streigle had two hits for Knoxville. Heffron tallied the win after pitching seven shutout innings with just two hits and one walk along with three strikeouts. Eekhoff suffered the loss for PC after allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

Pella Christian (12-16, 4-13 LHC) travels to Oskaloosa (15-13, 8-8 LHC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m. while Knoxville (18-7, 5-3 SCC) will go to No. 5 (3A) Albia (16-5, 6-1 SCC) for a big game Monday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 (1A) Collins-Maxwell 6, Pella 0

Pella 9, Central Decatur 1

COLLINS — The Lady Dutch were able to pick up a split in a pair of games at the Collins-Maxwell Tournament on Saturday.

Game one saw Pella pitted against one of the top teams in Class 1A in Collins-Maxwell. The Spartans got a big pitching performance from freshman Erica Houge, who limited the Lady Dutch to just one hit and one walk with 10 strikeouts for the five inning shutout.

Tori Van Vark had the lone hit for Pella while Kiki Riggen took the loss after allowing six runs, three earned, on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

The young Lady Dutch rebounded and got the bats going in their second game of the day against Central Decatur as they rattled off 11 hits and drew five walks in the win.

Kylie Tauke, Riggen and Autumn Blink all had two hits for Pella. Payton Lyons had two RBIs in the contest while Tauke, Riggen, Ava Curry, Van Vark, Blink and Ella Corbin all drove in one run. Corbin also got the win after allowing one unearned run on one hit with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Pella (4-24, 1-15 LHC) will host Grinnell (13-12, 8-8 LHC) on Monday at 7:15 p.m.


Newton 5, Pella Christian 4

Pella Christian 11, Newton 6

NEWTON — Pella Christian tangled with Newton for a pair of games on Friday with both teams taking one game of the doubleheader.

Both teams scored in the first inning with the game tied at two before Newton brought across three runs in the fifth. PC would try to rally in the seventh, getting two runs on the board before Newton closed it out.

Kyle Branderhorst was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for PC while Micah DeHaan and Collin Vander Waal both had a RBI. Bennett Spronk took the loss despite a solid inning that saw him give up five runs, three earned, on seven hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Game two was all PC from the start, getting two in the first, one in the second and seven in the third to go ahead 10-1. The Cardinals got a couple more runs late but the Eagles were able to come away with a split.

Kellan Shull reached base safely four times going 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and a RBI. Spronk, Eliot Menninga, Vander Waal and Ty Vander Molen all had two RBIs in the game. DeHaan was 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and a RBI while Connor Van Zee also drove in a run.

Trevor Veenstra got the win after allowing one unearned run with two hits, four walks and three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. Drew Geetings, Luke Fynaardt and Vander Molen all pitched out of the bullpen for the Eagles.

Pella Christian (8-17, 5-12 LHC) will hit the road to Oskaloosa (3-18, 2-14 LHC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 7, Knoxville 3

KNOXVILLE — The Panthers got a little bit of a break last week as weather limited them to just one game which was a tough battled against EBF.

Knoxville scored a run in the top of the second and third but EBF answered both times by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning on their way to the win.

Mike Hudson was 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base for the Panthers while Luke Spaur and Bode Cox both had a RBI.

Jaxon Zuck got the start and took the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in two-plus innings. He was relieved by Beau Leisure, who pitched three shutout innings with just one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Hudson and Dakota Ramsey also pitched an inning of relief for Knoxville.

Knoxville (8-13, 4-8 SCC) will try to bounce back when they travel to Albia (10-11, 5-7 SCC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.

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