Pella Christian 9, Pella 3
Pella 7, Pella Christian 6
PELLA — Both games needed eight innings to decide a winner as both teams grabbed a win in the battle of tulip town.
Pella got things started in the first inning with Kylie Tauke coming around to score after her leadoff double on Kiki Riggen’s sacrifice fly. The Lady Dutch would get two more runs in the fourth on RBI outs from Tori Van Vark and Autumn Blink to jump in front 3-0.
Meanwhile, Pella Christian was struggle to score off of their opportunities as they left eight runners stranded in the first three innings.
The Eagles were finally able to break through in the fifth inning on Emma Eekhoff’s solo home run. Eekhoff finished 1-for-2 with the homer, one hit-by-pitch and two walks.
PC would need to rally in the seventh, trailing by two with three outs to go. The Eagles would get just that thanks to a wild pitch and a Pella error allowing two runs to score in the inning, sending the game to extras after the Lady Dutch left the winning run stranded at third in the bottom of the seventh.
PC would ride that momentum and blow open the game with six runs in the eighth with Emri Agre driving home one run and Natalie Harrill driving in two with a single on their way to a 9-3 win in game one.
Game two went back and forth with PC scoring two in the first and three in the third thanks to a bases clearing hit from Harrill to cap off a run of 13 unanswered runs between the two games.
Pella got one back thanks to a RBI single by Payton Lyons in the second inning as they would slowly begin chipping away at the 5-1 deficit. The Lady Dutch got another run back in the fifth on Ava Curry’s groundout but the rally would continue in the sixth inning.
Back-to-back one out walks would get runners on base for the top of the order. Tauke and Katie Pollock would slash RBI singles while Riggen’s sac fly would tie the game at six heading to the seventh where eventually the two teams would go to extras, again.
A leadoff double by Alexa Dunsbergen, who was 3-for-4 in the game, was followed up by a go-ahead RBI single by Trinity Vos to give PC the lead in the eighth. They would try to close it out in the bottom of the inning but Pella had other plans.
Back-to-back walks to the bottom of the Lady Dutch lineup would once again spell trouble for PC. With two outs and the tying run third and the winning run on second, Riggen would shoot one up the middle to score both runs and complete the 7-6 comeback win in dramatic fashion for Pella.
Ella Corbin got the win for Pella after giving up six runs, one earned, on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in eight innings.
Both teams dedicated the night to Katyln Bokhoven, whose family are long-standing “givers and supporters” of the Pella community. Bokhoven recently sudden liver failure and both teams were raising money to help with medical costs with over $5,000 being donated on the night.
Pella (7-25, 3-16 LHC) will be tested when they host No. 4 (5A) Indianola (29-4, 18-1 LHC) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. while Pella Christian (13-18, 5-15 LHC) will host No. 4 (4A) Norwalk (21-11, 14-6 LHC) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
No. 4 (3A) Grinnell 3, Oskaloosa 0
No. 4 (3A) Grinnell 4, Oskaloosa 2
OSKALOOSA — The Indians were right there with a top five team in the class but the bats just couldn’t get going for Osky as they were limited to five hits on the night in a pair of close losses.
Kam Criss and Marcus Fresquez had the lone hits for Osky in game one. Criss suffered the loss after giving up two runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings. Aiden Hildenbrand pitched well in relief, allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and three punch outs in five innings.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning of game two but it was Grinnell adding a run in the third and fifth to get the win and the sweep.
Alex Christ had a hit and two RBIs for Oskaloosa and pitched well despite the loss, going six innings while giving up four runs, three earned, on 10 hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Oskaloosa (4-20, 2-16 LHC) will look to bounce back on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Dallas Center-Grimes (13-12, 11-6 LHC).
Knoxville 5, Centerville 1
Knoxville 8, Centerville 2
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers delayed Centerville’s conference title celebration with a pair of wins over the SCC leaders on Wednesday.
Centerville held a slim lead in both games before big innings from Knoxville changed the tide. The Big Reds led 1-0 heading the fourth in game one before the Panthers tied it and eventually took the lead with a four-run sixth.
Beau Leisure and Bode Cox both had a pair of hits in the game, Jaxon Zuck had two RBIs while Trenten Kingrey, Mike Hudson and Dakota Ramsey all had one RBI. Luke Spaur pitched four innings allowing one run on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts while Zuck and Hudson combined to no-hit Centerville in the final three innings.
The Big Reds once again jumped ahead in game two with a pair of runs in the first inning before Knoxville went for four runs in the third and another four in the fourth on their way to the sweep.
Spaur and Zuck both had two hits while the former had two RBIs. Leisure also had two RBIs in the game while Kingrey was 1-for-2 with two walks and a RBI. The Panthers got a great effort from Ramsey and the defense. Ramsey got the win after allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in 6 2/3 innings.
Knoxville (11-14, 7-8 SCC) will welcome Clarke (12-10, 7-6 SCC) to town for a doubleheader on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m.