OSKALOOSA — The Oskaloosa softball team had been looking to put two complete games together for the first time this season. Coming into Monday night’s doubleheader against Pella, the Indians had split each of their four doubleheaders. That changed on a wet night as Oskaloosa left with a pair of run-rule wins of 10-0 and 12-2 in five innings.
“We had a lot of energy tonight,” Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. “We hadn't swept a doubleheader all year and we kind of talked about that and we felt that we had an opportunity tonight to be able to. I thought we hit the ball well, did a lot of things with two outs and got a lot of timely hits with two outs. Then to be able to keep Faith and Shannon only having to go five innings and keep your pitch counts down a little bit was great.”
Oskaloosa struck first in the first inning with Lydia Van Veldhuizen courtesy running for Olivia Gordon. Van Veldhuizen stole second before advancing to third and home on wild pitches.
The Indians would hold that 1-0 lead until the third inning when the dark clouds would roll in and the lightning and rain would follow forcing a one hour, 16-minute delay.
When the players took the field again, it was Oskaloosa coming out with the energy to plate four in the inning with Abby Braundmeier and Presley Blommers smacking RBI singles to increase the lead to 5-0.
Faith DeRonde continued to look sharp on the mound as she went five shutout innings giving up just two hits with five strikeouts. Her RBI walk would finish off the game for the 10th run in the bottom of the fifth while Lucy Roach and Aubrey Boender both had RBI singles in the inning.
For Pella, Kiki Riggen and Bailey Brown tallied the lone hits while Taylor Tousey took the loss after going 4 1/3 innings giving up 10 runs, two earned, on seven hits with seven walks and one strikeout.
In game two it was all about Oskaloosa’s two-out hitting and Pella’s errors. It started in the first inning with the Indians bringing across five runs with two outs.
Braundmeier got things started with a RBI single before Kaylee Johnson would plate two with a gaper to left-center while two Lady Dutch errors brought in the other runs.
Pella would get one back in the second inning on a Taylor Tousey RBI single and would get another one in the third inning on Riggen’s RBI single to left. But with a runner in scoring position and no outs and the Lady Dutch threatening for more, Osky pitcher Shannon VanRheenen struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning.
The eighth grader also snatched a hard-hit line drive right at her as she went on to improve her record to 5-0 on the season after going five innings giving up two runs on five hits with one walk and five punch outs.
“She's a competitor and I've been very impressed with her and and how she's handled things early in the season for us,” Harms said. “We think that she's going to be a fine pitcher by the time she graduates. We like what we see right now but she's going to just get better and better. Right now we got a pretty good one-two combination with her and Faith.”
Oskaloosa gave VanRheenen a little more cushion in the bottom of the third as they continued their two-out barrage. Pella retired the first two batters of the inning before committing three errors to aid the Indians. After getting several hard hits for outs, DeRonde would collect two RBIs on a hard-hit double to left-center to increase the lead to 10-2 after three.
Osky would end the game in the fifth as Maleah Walker scored one on her RBI single before coming around to score after a pickoff attempt went into the outfield for Pella’s seventh error of the game allowing Walker to jog home for the run-rule clincher.
Riggen suffered the loss for Pella after giving up 12 runs, only four earned, on 10 hits with one walk and one strikeout in 4 1/3 innings. She was also 2-for-2 at the plate with a RBI and reached base safely three times. Tousey collected a RBI while Katie Pollock went 2-for-3.
Walker went 2-for-3 with a RBI, Boender also had two hits for Osky while Johnson and DeRonde both had two-RBI doubles.
“With the rain delay you get a little concerned as a coach, you never know how they're going to come back and their focus,” Harms said. “I thought the kids really came back and did what we needed to do and that was really a good sign as well. It feels good. Hey, we're 3-0 at Jay Harms Field, sounds pretty good.”
Oskaloosa (7-5, 4-1 LHC) will hit the road to face Albia (5-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.