Kaylee Johnson

Oskaloosa Kaylee Johnson (left) had one of the Indians' three hits against Indianola on Thursday

Softball

No. 4 (5A) Indianola 3, Oskaloosa 1

INDIANOLA — Rain prevented most of the games on Thursday from being doubleheaders but Oskaloosa gave highly-ranked Indianola a good game.

Just like she did against Pella on Wednesday, Faith DeRonde started the game by jumping on the first pitch she saw. This time it was blistered over the fence and off the scoreboard for her third home run of the season to put Osky in front 1-0.

Indianola got timely hits in the game as they used scored a run in each of the first, fourth and fifth innings to take it, 3-1.

Oskaloosa had their chances to add on as they had runners on in every inning but ended up stranding eight runners in the contest.

DeRonde took the loss despite a strong showing of three runs, two earned, on six hits with three strikeouts while also going 2-for-4 at the plate. Kaylee Johnson’s double served as Oskaloosa’s only other hit against Indianola’s tough pitching.

Oskaloosa (13-13, 8-8 LHC) will host a triangular on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. with games against East Marshall (9-10) and Pekin (7-13).

No. 6 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes 9, Pella 3

GRIMES — The Lady Dutch hung around with a good DCG team but late insurance runs proved to be the difference.

DCG opened with two runs in the first inning before Pella was able to hold them off the board and pull within one with a run in the fourth. But seven late runs from DCG would help them pull away in the end.

Ava Curry led the Pella bats with a 2-for-3 night with a double and two RBIs. Kylie Tauke, Kiki Riggen, Ella Corbin and Autumn Blink all had one hit. Riggen suffered the loss after allowing nine runs, three earned, on 11 hits and two walks.

Pella (3-23, 1-15 LHC) will play in the Collins-Maxwell Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. with games against No. 3 (1A) Collins-Maxwell (17-1) and Central Decatur (8-11).

Baseball

Indianola 11, Oskaloosa 1

INDIANOLA — A couple of big innings from Indianola ultimately were the difference as they ended this one in the sixth inning.

Indianola scored a run in the first and third before Oskaloosa was able to cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the fourth. But Indianola would strike with a five-run fourth and a four-run sixth to put the game out of reach.

Aiden North had Osky’s lone hit in the contest while Jarrett Czerwinski had a RBI. Alex Christ took the loss after allowing seven runs on 12 hits with one strikeout in 3 1/3 innings. Kam Criss pitched 2 1/3 inning for Osky, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk.

Oskaloosa (3-18, 2-14 LHC) hosts Pella Christian (7-16, 4-11 LHC) on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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

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