PELLA — A very strong Indianola softball team paid a visit to Eagle Lane Monday night and pitched a pair of shutouts at the home-standing Pella Christian Eagles. The Indians used fast starts in both games and rode outstanding pitching to wins of 6-0 and 5-0.
To open the doubleheader, the Indians put a six-spot on the board in the first inning and then did not score again. Indian ace, Kate Kralik, tossed a five-hitter while fanning 10 and allowing only one walk in gaining the victory.
The Indians got the jump early as the leadoff batter, Alley May, was sitting dead red on a first-pitch fastball. She got the pitch she wanted and deposited it over the Culvers sign in right-center field for a leadoff home run. Six batters followed her with three singles, a walk, a double and a sacrifice fly for five more runs and a 6-0 Indianola lead.
To the credit of the Eagles, they survived the early gut punch and fought hard to hold the Indians scoreless the rest of the game. After the first inning, Eagle pitcher Cheyanne Collins pitched excellent ball and her teammates played very solid defense behind her.
The Eagles had three rich scoring opportunities, but could not cash in against the slants of Kralik. In the bottom of the third, Sierra Pleima led off with a single and two fielder’s choices put runners on first and second. A strikeout and a ground out ended the threat. In the bottom of the fifth inning with two out, consecutive singles by Emri Agre, Bailey Roose and Chloe Morgan filled the sacks, but a strikeout nixed the threat. In the bottom of the sixth, Collins blasted a leadoff double off the fence in right field, but two pop-ups and a strikeout ended the inning.
In the second game, the Indians used four singles and an error to put three first-inning runs on the board. Indianola then added a run in the second and a run in the fifth to accumulate five runs. Again the Eagles would not be able to manufacture a run.
The best Pella Christian opportunity came in the second inning when Collins smacked another leadoff double and swiped third. But a groundout, a strikeout and another groundout ended the threat. In the sixth, a walk to Emerson Sarver and a single by Morgan put runners on first and second. A sharp line drive by Agre went right to the shortstop to end the inning.
Indianola lefthander, Kylee Tucker, held the Eagles in check on four hits, three strikeouts and one walk. For the Eagles, Trinity Vos worked the first two innings in the circle and Alexa Dunsbergen worked the final five innings.
Outside of the first innings of both games, Pella Christian coach Karen Harrill felt her team did some good things.
“We have it,” Harrill said. “We just have to put seven innings together. Indianola is a very good 5A team and I thought our kids played well after the first innings. I’m proud of our pitching, our defense and our hitting. We hit the ball well although many of our shots were right at people. We will keep working to improve.”
The Eagles are now 2-4 on the season and will look to find some wins Wednesday night at Grinnell and Thursday night at DCG.
Game One Summary: R H E
Indianola 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9 1
Pella Christian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Pella Christian Battery: Cheyanne Collins (LP), 7 IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3 BB, 3 K and Sydney Nunnikhoven
Pella Christian Hitting: Bailey Roose 1-for-4, Chloe Morgan 1-for-3, Collins 1-for-3, Sierra Pleima 1-for-3, Emri Agre 1-for-3
2B – Collins
Game Two Summary: R H E
Indianola 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 7 0
Pella Christian 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Pella Christian Battery: Trinity Vos (LP), 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1K. Alexa Dunsbergen 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 HB, 0 K and Sydney Nunnikhoven
Pella Christian Hitting: Chloe Morgan 2-for-3, Cheyanne Collins 1-for-3, Natalie Harrill 1-for-3
2B - Collins