Emma Eekhoff

Pella Christian's Emma Eekhoff had two home runs including a walk-off homer in game two

Softball

Pella 7, Pella Christian 6

Pella Christian 7, Pella 6

PELLA — Pella and Pella Christian locked up in a pair of 7-6 thrillers on Wednesday’s senior night on Eagle Lane with both teams coming out with one win in the doubleheader.

Game one saw PC jump out to a 4-0 lead after two innings before the two went back and forth in the third and fourth inning with the Eagles holding a 6-5 lead. But the Lady Dutch were not done as they brought two more runs across in the sixth to take the lead and hold on for the win.

Ava Curry and Ella Corbin both homered for Pella with Corbin and Katie Scheckel both tallying two RBIs while Curry and Kylie Tauke both had one RBI. Kiki Riggen secured the win after pitching three hitless innings in relief allowing just two walks.

Claire Braafhart had a double and three RBIs to lead Pella while Faith Kacmarynski, Natalie Harrill and Emma Eekhoff all had one RBI. Trinity Vos took the loss after allowing two unearned runs on one hit with three walks and one strikeout.

Game two was another back and forth game with the two teams tied at 2-2 after four innings. Pella would then take the lead with one run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth to make it 6-2. The Eagles would then come roaring back with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh with Eekhoff walking things off with her second home run in as many innings for another walk-off hit in her brief high school career.

Eekhoff finished 3-for-4 with two solo home runs while Alexa Dunsbergen had a double and two RBIs and Emri Agre had a pair of doubles. Eekhoff also got credit for the win after pitching all seven innings and allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Scheckel had two hits for the Lady Dutch while Katie Pollock had two RBIs and Curry and Thea Wisse both had one RBI. Riggen took the loss in game two after giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with two walks.

Pella (12-20, 6-14 LHC) finishes conference play on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. when they travel to No. 7 (4A) Indianola (22-11, 14-5 LHC) while Pella Christian (9-20) heads into postseason play where they will go to Colfax-Mingo (18-7) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a regional quarterfinal matchup.

Grinnell 4, Oskaloosa 1

Oskaloosa 3, Grinnell 1

GRINNELL — Oskaloosa and Grinnell met for a pair of low-scoring games on Wednesday with both teams leaving with a split.

The Tigers got all four of their runs in game one in the first inning and that proved to be enough as the Indians didn’t get on the board until the seventh inning as they had just two hits through six innings and stranded five runners.

Lucy Roach had two hits for Osky while Lydia Van Veldhuizen drove in the lone run. Presley Blommers took the loss after giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and one strikeout in five innings of work.

Game two saw the Indians get out to a quick start with a couple of RBI ground outs by Aubrey Boender and Olivia Gordon putting Osky in front 2-0 after the first. Grinnell would get one in the third and Oskaloosa would hold that lead until netting an insurance run in the seventh with Shannon Van Rheenen’s RBI single up the middle. Blommers then turned an unassisted double play and a pop out to right would end the game and give the Indians the win.

Van Rheenen got the win after pitching all seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits with four walks and two strikeouts.

Oskaloosa (11-20, 7-13 LHC) return home to host No. 9 (3A) Davis County (18-7) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Baseball

No. 3 (3A) Grinnell 16, Oskaloosa 3 (5)

No. 3 (3A) Grinnell 10, Oskaloosa 7

GRINNELL — Oskaloosa held leads early in both games against the third-ranked Tigers but the Grinnell bats scored 26 runs on the night on their way to the sweep.

The Indians brought two runs across in the first inning to take a brief lead in game one. The Tigers would then take the lead with a five-run second inning before ending with 11 runs in the fourth.

Austen Coenen’s two-RBI single in the first highlighted the offense for Osky. Jarrett Czerwinski suffered the loss after allowing 11 runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

Game two got off to a similar start for the Indians as they were able to net two runs in the first. Grinnell quickly tied it with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning before adding six more in the second. Osky scored a run in each of the last three innings before falling by three.

Oskaloosa had 11 hits in the nightcap as William Schultz went 3-for-4 while Colin Snitker homered. Aiden Hildenbrand took the loss after pitching five innings and allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts.

Oskaloosa (8-21, 2-17 LHC) make the trip to Ottumwa (21-13) on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a non-conference matchup.

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

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