Newton 4, Pella 1
Pella 7, Newton 5
PELLA — The Lady Dutch picked up their first conference win of the season in a doubleheader on Monday against Newton.
The Pella bats were held quiet in game one as both teams scored one in the first before Newton took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth.
Kylie Tauke, Katie Pollock and Kiki Riggen all had a hit for Pella while Riggen took the loss despite pitching a good game after allowing four runs, one earned, on nine hits with three walks and one strikeout.
The Lady Dutch would bounce back in game two as they took the lead with a run in the second only for Newton to grab it back with three runs in the top of the third. Pella would have an answer of their own with a big five-run fourth to go ahead 7-3. The Cardinals would chip away at the deficit with a run in the fifth and sixth but Pella would hold on for the win.
Tauke had a triple and two RBIs while Pollock, Ava Curry and Ella Corbin all had two hits in the contest. Pollock, Riggen, Curry, Autumn Blink and Payton Lyons would all drive in a run for the Lady Dutch. Corbin secured the win after allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks with three punch outs in seven innings of work.
“We played really well in game one but just couldn't get out bats going to score runs as Kiki pitched a great game,” Pella head coach Katie Gravert said. “We come back in game two and had 11 hits behind some great pitching by Ella Corbin. We got out of some jams with some mental toughness and perseverance.”
No. 4 (4A) Norwalk 2, Oskaloosa 1
No. 4 (4A) Norwalk 3, Oskaloosa 0
NORWALK — The Indians played one of the top teams in the class tough for both games of a doubleheader but just couldn’t pull out the win in either game.
Both teams scored a run in the first inning of game one but Norwalk would score the deciding run in the fourth as they were able to hold off Oskaloosa for the win.
The Indian bats were held silent in game two as Norwalk only needed three runs to get the win and complete the sweep.
No. 9 (4A) Norwalk 8, Oskaloosa 0
No. 9 (4A) Norwalk 8, Oskaloosa 3
NORWALK — The Indians were on the road at the defending Class 3A champs on Monday as they fell in both games of a doubleheader.
Norwalk jumped in front early in game one in game one on their way to a three-hit shutout of the Indians.
Kam Criss, Landon Briggs and Jarrett Czerwinski all had a hit for Osky. Wes Wilcox suffered the loss after allowing five runs on five hits with one walk in 1 2/3 innings. Aiden Hildenbrand and Tucker DeJong both worked two innings in relief.
Oskaloosa was behind 5-0 in game two before they were able to plate three in the sixth inning to pull within two but Norwalk would get their lead back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to complete the sweep.
Briggs had another strong game going 3-for-3 with a triple and a RBI while Aiden North and Marcus Fresquez also had a RBI. Czerwinski suffered the loss after allowing two unearned runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout. Of the eight runs allowed by Osky pitchers in the game, only one was earned due to seven Indian errors.
Pella 8, Newton 0
Newton 12, Pella 0
PELLA — A tale of two different games saw Pella dominate game one only for the Cardinals to come back and dominate game two.
The Dutch rode a great pitching performance and big hitting from the middle of their lineup in game one. Mason Wittmer got the win after pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings with four hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Tate Weesner closed out the final 2/3 innings with one strikeout.
At the plate, Nick DeJong and Ryan Mace both went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and three RBIs while Josh Miller was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
Pella couldn’t carry over the pitching or hitting to game two as Newton went up 8-0 after two innings before adding a couple more late.
The Dutch drew seven walks in the game led by Jason Knox’s three but were limited to just one hit. Keegan Hansen was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Keagan Miedema pitched five innings in relief, allowing four runs on eight hits with two walks and six punch outs.