KNOXVILLE — It was night number two of a busy high school baseball schedule as the Oskaloosa Indians and the Knoxville Panthers met on the diamond at Knoxville for a Highway 92 rivalry tussle. It was opening night for the Indians and the home opener for the Panthers. Knoxville took game one by a 7-4 margin and the Indians rallied to take a 5-4 win in game two.
In the first game, the Panthers rode a strong effort from freshman pitcher, Carson Uitermarkt, for the win. Uitermarkt went four innings, allowing four hits, two runs of which only one was earned and he fanned two while walking none in notching his first career win. Trenten Kingery navigated the final three innings to pick up the save. Kingery allowed four hits, two earned runs and he struck out four while walking two.
In the night cap, the Indians used a four-run uprising in the fifth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit and post a nail biting 5-4 win. Marcus Fresquez came on in relief of starter, Wes Wilcox, to gain the win and Jerrett Czerwinski picked up the save with a lock down seventh inning.
In the big Oskaloosa fifth inning, Aiden North reach on an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Fresquez coaxed a base on balls and with courtesy runner, Tucker DeJong, worked a double steal. DeJong would score as the ball sailed into left field. Fresquez landed on third base and he would score on a ground ball to the right side by Kam Criss. Landon Briggs walked, swiped second and scored on a ringing double by Colin Snitker. Snitker completed the scoring when he came home on a base hit by Czerwinski.
The only other Indian run came in the top of the first inning. Czerwinski legged out a one out infield single, reached second on an error, tagged up and went to third on Charlie North’s fly out and scored on a balk.
The Panthers would tie the game in the bottom of the third when Mike Hudson reached on and error, swiped second, went to third on an error and scored on single by Bode Cox.
Knoxville took a brief 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two out, Logan Clark drew a base on balls, Dakota Ramsey reached on an error and Luke Spaur sent them both home with a solid double.
The home team tried to mount a two out rally in the bottom of the sixth with two out. Spaur walked, stole second and scored on a hit by Evan Eck, but the rally fizzled at that point.
The stage was set for a closer and Czerwinski was the guy. A strikeout and a ground out registered the first two outs and then Beau Leisure ripped a double down the left field line. Czerwinski righted the ship and fanned the next batter to put the Indians in the winner’s circle.
“A split on the road is acceptable,” Oskaloosa Coach Bill Almond said. “We were up tight with first game jitters in game one. I just told them to be patient, play loose and have fun. We used a lot of arms tonight and this team will compete. They will give 100% and they won’t quit.”
In game one, the Panthers staked Uitermarkt to a 4-0 lead with deuces in the first and second inning. Both runs in the first inning were unearned. Spaur walked, swiped second, went to third on Eck’s long fly out and scored on a balk. Mike Hudson walked, moved up, stole third and scored on an error.
In the second inning, Kingery poked a base hit to left and Jaxon Zuck walked. Hayden Hatch was safe on a bunt single to fill the sacks and a sharp single to left by Ramsey plated Kingery. Zuck would score on a fielder’s choice by Spaur.
The Panthers took a comfortable lead 7-2 lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Zuck and Hatch both walked and Ramsey sacrificed them over. A poke to right by Spaur sent Zuck home and a ground out by Eck scored Hatch. Spaur completed the scoring when he sprinted home on a passed ball.
The Indians finally got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. Criss reached on an error and swiped second. A single by Alex Christ scored Criss. Christ stole second and scored on a rip down the third base line by Aiden North.
The Indians would score one in the sixth when Christ beat out an infield hit, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Jarrod Parks. The Indians added another run in the top of the seventh when Snitker popped a single and scored on a double by Charlie North. But that was as far as it would go as Kingery closed the game out with the tying run at the plate.
“I’m happy with the things we did tonight,” Panther coach Turner DeVore said. “Our young pitchers did well and Carson got his first win. He had command of all three pitches and he will get better. Our defense played well, but we have to get everybody going with the bats. We just need to come up with more timely hits.”
Oskaloosa 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 8 1
Knoxville 2 2 0 3 0 0 X 7 5 1
Oskaloosa Battery: Aiden Hildebrand (L P) – 1 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, Kam Criss – 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, Marcus Fresquez – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Tucker DeJong - .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, ) K. and Aiden North.
Oskaloosa Hitting – Colin Snitker 2-for-4, Charlie North 1-for-3, Alex Christ 2-for-3, Jarrod Parks 1-for-4, A. North 2-for-3.
Oskaloosa Runs – Snitker 1, DeJong 1, Christ 2.
Oskaloosa RBI – C. North 1, Christ 1, A. North 1.
2B – C. North
Knoxville Battery: Carson Uitermarkt (WP) – 4 IP. 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, Trenten Kingery – (S) 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, and Bode Cox.
Knoxville Hitting – Luke Spaur 1-for-2, Cox 1-for-3, Kingery 1-for-3, Hayden Hatch 1-for-2, Dakota Ramsey 1-for-2.
Knoxville Runs – Spaur 2, Mike Hudson 1, Kingery 1, Jaxon Zuck 2, Hatch 1.
Knoxville RBI – Spaur 1, Evan Eck 1, Ramsey 1.
Oskaloosa 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 6 5
Knoxville 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 4 7 2
Oskaloosa Battery: Wes Wilcox – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, Marcus Fresquez (WP) – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K. Jarrett Czerwinski (S) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K and Aiden North.
Oskaloosa Hitting – Colin Snitker 1-for-4, Czerwinski 2-for-4, A. North 2-for-3, Fresquez 1-for-2,
Oskaloosa Runs – Snitker 1, Czerwinski 1, Tucker DeJong 1, Fresquez 1, Landon Briggs 1.
Oskaloosa RBI – Snitker 1, Czerwinski 1, Kam Criss 1
2B – Snitker
Knoxville Battery: Nico Lacona – 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, Dakota Ramsey (LP) – 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K and Bode Cox.
Knoxville Hitting – Luke Spaur 1-for-3, Evan Eck 2-for-4, Mike Hudson 1-for-4, Cox 2-for-4, Beau Leisure 1-for-4.
Knoxville Runs – Spaur 1, Hudson 1, Logan Clark 1, Ramsey 1.
Knoxville RBI – Spaur 2, Eck 1, Cox 1.
2B – Spaur 1, Leisure 1.