PELLA — After some post-game drama, Oskaloosa swept a doubleheader with Pella Christian on Wednesday.
The Indians won the first bout with Pella Christian 13-2 in a game that went five innings. Then in the nightcap, the Indians fell 9-5 — but the night was not yet over.
Pella Christian would notice they violated the pitching limitation rule in their win over Oskaloosa. Sophomore Micah DeHaan, who threw 110 pitches in the win, had thrown 17 pitches in a junior varsity doubleheader the previous day. Therefore, his max would have been 93 pitches on Wednesday — a level he exceeded.
The Eagles did not catch the error until late Wednesday night. They proceeded to contact the Oskaloosa baseball team on Thursday morning to let them know of the violation and forfeited the win.
Oskaloosa, led by senior right-hander Noah Van Veldhuizen, rolled to a 13-2 win in a five-inning first game. Van Veldhuizen pitched four innings allowing four hits, and one run to post the win. Kale Bollinger mopped up for one inning and gave up one hit and one run. Meanwhile, the Eagles used three pitchers and struggled to find the strike zone.
The tables were turned in game two and this time it was the Indians that had problems finding the zone. Three pitchers surrendered nine hits and seven walks in a 9-5 loss. DeHaan came on in relief of Jack Anderson in the third and went the rest of the way to gain his first varsity victory.
In game one, the Indians got to Eagle starter Matthew Bokhoven in the second inning for two runs on one hit and four walks. Bennett Spronk entered the game in relief and did not have much go right for him as Oskaloosa tallied six runs in the third inning and five more in the fifth.
Landon Hunolt led the Indians at the plate with a pair of hits and an RBI and Marcus Fresquez rapped a two-RBI single. Wyatt Krier, Tyler Miller and Colin Snitker also had RBI singles.
Luke Mulder led the Eagles with a pair of hits, Bokhoven clubbed an RBI double and Dan Jungling singled and scored twice.
Oskaloosa got the jump in game two against PC starter, Jack Anderson, as Krier reached on an error and Miller drew the first of three bases on balls. Both runners moved up on Van Veldhuizen’s long fly out and scored on Charlie North’s single into right centerfield.
But the Eagles had an answer against Indian starter, Bollinger. Singles by Mulder, Bokhoven and Blake Veenstra and four bases on balls accounted for three runs.
The Indians took the lead in the top of the third as Krier lashed a double down the left field line to chase Anderson and bring DeHaan to the hill. DeHaan allowed two more runs by way of a walk to Miller and a sizzling shot up the middle by Van Veldhuizen. Then the young right-hander settled in and didn’t allow the Indians to cross the dish again.
In the bottom of the third, the Eagles struck for five runs against Indian hurler, Wes Wilcox. The big blow was a two-run single by Bokhoven. Jungling added an RBI single and Stone Turner also singled.
The final Pella Christian run came in the bottom of the sixth when Turner coaxed a base on balls. Courtesy runner, Corbin WesterKamp swiped second a scored on a Jack Vermeer single.
At the time, before Pella Christian had determined it had violated pitch count rules, DeHaan was delighted to gain what he thought his first varsity win.
“It was extremely exciting,” DeHaan said. “I had never thrown that many pitches before and in that last inning I was just going as hard as I could. I didn’t try and pitch around anyone, I just went right at them.”
Game One Summary
Oskaloosa 0 2 6 0 5 — 13 10 1
Pella Christian 1 0 0 0 1 — 2 5 2
Oskaloosa Battery – Noah Van Veldhuizen (WP), 4 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, Kale Bollinger 1 IP, 1 H, 1R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K and Charlie North.
Oskaloosa Hitting – Wyatt Krier 1-for-3, Tyler Miller 1-for-3, Van Veldhuizen 1-for-3, Colton Butler 1-for-3, North 1-for-3, Colin Snitker 1-for-3, Landon Hunolt 2-for-4, Marcus Fresquez 1-for-3, Ethan Christ 1-for-3
Oskaloosa Runs – Krier 1, Miller 1, Waylon Bolibaugh 2, Butler 2, Jarret Czerwinski 1, Snitker 2, Hunolt 1, Fresquez 1, Christ 2
Oskaloosa RBI – Krier 1, Miller 1, Van Veldhuizen 1, Butler 1, North 1, Hunolt 1, Fresquez 2, Christ 1
Pella Christian Battery – Matthew Bokhoven 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, Bennett Spronk (LP), 3 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K 1 HB, Kyle Branderhorst .1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER and Stone Turner.
Pella Christian Hitting – Dan Jungling 1-for-2, Luke Mulder 2-for-3, Bokhoven 1-for-2, Blake Veenstra 1-for-3
Pella Christian Runs – Jungling 2
Pella Christian RBI – Bokhoven 2
Game Two Summary
Oskaloosa 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 — 5 5 3
Pella Christian 3 0 5 0 0 1 X — 9 9 3
Oskaloosa Battery – Kale Bollinger .2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, Wes Wilcox (LP), 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB, Wyatt Krier 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K and Charlie North
Oskaloosa Hitting – Krier 2-for-3, Van Veldhuizen 1-for-4, North 1-for-4, Landon Hunolt 1-for4
Oskaloosa Runs – Krier 2, Tyler Miller 2, Van Veldhuizen 1
Oskaloosa RBI – North 3, Van Veldhuizen 1, Colton Butler 1
Pella Christian Battery – Jack Anderson 2 IP,2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, Micah DeHaan (WP), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, and Stone Turner.
Pella Christian Hitting – Dan Jungling 1-for-5, Luke Mulder 1-for-3, Devin Haveman 1-for-1, Matthew Bokhoven 2-for-3, Blake Veenstra 1-for-4, Cam Vander Wal 1-for-4, Turner 1-for-2, Jack Vermeer 1-for-4
Pella Christian Runs – Jungling 1, Mulder 2, Haveman 1, Bokhoven 1, Veenstra 1, Corbin WesterKamp 2, Vermeer 1
Pella Christian RBI – Jungling 1, Haveman 1, Bokhoven 3, Turner 1