OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa closed out a busy week with three games in its home tournament at Lacey Complex on Saturday.
In their two games against Little Hawkeye Conference-leading Indianola the night before, the Indians had trouble making solid contact.
The Indians (11-8) remedied that against East Marshall, Fairfield and Creston as they collected 34 hits in winning two of three games.
The first game against East Marshall, ranked 10th in Class 1A, Oskaloosa managed five hits, but the outs it made were hard and that harbored fo things to come.
The Mustangs won 2-1 as both teams cored runs in the first inning and couldn't score again.
Oskaloosa had the first opportunity to put runs on the scoreboard and it made good on that opportunity.
Meghan Moorman opened the game with a single and went to second on an error. Abby Baundmeier reached on another error as courtesy runner Lauren Coon scored on the play.
But East Marshall responded with its two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Melina Pulumala singled to start the inning. She then stolid second and went to third on a wild pitch. Maria Rasmussen drew a walk and Reagan McIlrath drilled a two-run single to left to put the Mustangs on top at 2-1.
Mustang pitcher Kodie Hoskey retired 12 Indians in succession for the third inning to the seventh to keep Oskaloosa at bay.
Kaylee Johnson snapped the streak with a two-out single in the seventh and Moorman reached on an error, But Hoskey got Ashley Kindley to ground out to end the game.
Dykstra singled and doubled for Oskaloosa as Moorman, Johnson and Faith DeRonde all had a single. Coon scored the lone runs for the Indians.
Hayle Hacker took the loss as she surrendered three hits in six innings in the pitcher's circle. She walked one and struck out four.
Tough loss in the first game," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "Both teams scored in the first and from then on it was back-and-forth with making plays and good pitching."
The next opponent for Oskaloosa was Fairfield and the bats really started to heat up for the Indians.
They sent 13 batters to the plate in the nine-un third inning, getting seven of their 12 hits.
Johnson started the uprising with a double and Moorman ground out with Johnson going to third. Ashley Kindley got on base on an error as Johnson scored. Braundmeier singled hime Kindley and Dykstra reached on a error as third baseman Peyton McCabe tried to barehanded the ball. Faith DeRonde banged her fourth home un of the season, a three-run shot, to left-center for a 5-3 lead. Maddie Haines followed with a double and Taylor Wills ripped an RBI triple to right. Johnson came up to bat for the second time in the inning and got on an error as Wills scored. Moorman singled and Johnson scored on another errors. After Kindley had an infield single, Coon, courtesy running for Moorman, scored on a wild pitch for the ninth run of the inning.
Fairfield did score a run in the top of the fourth, but Oskaloosa answered with a run in its half of the inning.
Haines singled and was sacrificed to second. She then scored on an error off the bat of Johnson.
Johnson and Haines both had a single and a double and scored two runs apiece for Oskaloosa. DeRonde knocked in three runs with her home run while Wills tripled, scored a run and drove in another. Baundmeier singled, scored a run and had one RBI as Kindley and Dykstra both had a single and scored a run. Moorman and Vande Wall each had a single as Olivia Gordon doubled and Coon scored a run.
DeRonde improved to 3-3 on the sans as she gave up nine hits, walked one and struck out nine.
"We hit the ball better against Fairfield," Hams said. "Fairfield didn't throw they best and Faith threw OK, but I thought she threw better last night. We hit the ball and good thing happen you hit the ball."
The Indians closed the tournament against Creston and they responded with one of their best games of the season.
Oskaloosa banged out a season-high 17 hits and scored seven runs in the fourth inning to beat the Panthers 12-2 in five innings.
Creston scored a run in the second inning, only to see Oskaloosa tie it in its half of the inning.
DeRonde did the honors with her fifth homer of the year to straightaway center field followed by a double by Haines and a single by Wills, but the Indians could cash in on those hits.
The Panthers tallied their final run in the third, but Oskaloosa came back with four more in the bottom half of the inning.
Kindley and Vande Wall singled to start the inning Baundmeier knocked Kindley home with a single and Dykstra delivered another RBI single to score Vande Wall, Haines then ground out to score pinch runner Kiaa Bjonson to end the four-run inning.
Prior to the third inning, Oskaloosa assistant coach Gary Gordon told the team to bat around.
While the Indians as they sent nine batters to the plate, they were more successful in the fourth by having 12 batters come to the plate in the seven-run inning.
Kindley ignited the uprising with a double to right-center and Vande Wall singled with Kindley going to third on the hit. Braundmeier gound out into a fielder's choice with Kindley scoring on the play. Dykstra had an infield single and DeRonde blooped an infield single to load the bases. Wills cleared the bases with a triple and scored on an error moments after getting to third base. Johnson singled and Moorman walked before Kindley's RBI single and Vande Wall's run-scoring double ended the inning and effectively the game.
Hacker (8-5) set the Panthers down in order in the fifth with two coming on strikeouts.
Just as the final strikeout was recorded, some adverse weather rolled in with strong wind beginning to blow.
Kindley and Vande Wall both had three hits with one of Kindley's hits being a double. Kindley scored two runs and drove in one while Vande Wall scored a run. Wills came within a home run of hitting for the cycle as she knocked in thee runs and scored once. Dykstra and DeRonde both collected two hits, scored two runs and drove in a run. Braundmer had a single and two RBI while Moorman had a single. Haines doubled and scored a run while Johnson singled and scored a run. Gordon and Bjornson both touched home plate once.
Hacker went the five innings, allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out eight.
Oskaloosa goes to Pella Christian on Monday then is at Knoxville on Tuesday.