NEWTON — Oskaloosa and Newton were locked in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel Friday night.
The fifth-ranked Indians and the Cardinals were tied at 2 from the fourth inning on in their Little Hawkeye Conference contest.
That is until Faith DeRonde snapped the tie in the top of the 12th with her third home run of the season to give the Indians a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
Oskaloosa sophomore Hayle Hacker and Newton's Peyton Maher, who was a second-team all-stater last season, went toe-to-toe for the 12 innings before DeRonde's solo blast put Oskaloosa ahead for good.
The Indians (8-2, 2-1) had six hits in the game while the Cardinals managed seven hits off Hacker (6-1).
Oskaloosa scored unearned run in first inning then tied the game in the fourth.
Abby Braundmeier led off the fourth inning with a single and Lauren Coon pinch ran for Braundmeier. Coon went to second on passed ball, went to third on wild pitch. She then scored on Sophia Dykstra's sacrifice fly.
Newton had taken a 2-1 lead in the third on an Oskaloosa error and two doubles.
Newton had tying run on third base with two outs in the bottom of the 12th, but Hacker struck out Maher for her 12th and final strikeout and the Indians come away with their eighth win of the season.
"What a game. Both teams made tremendous plays in the field from the 4th inning on to keep the score deadlocked," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "The fans definitely got their moneys worth tonight. Just another hard fought Little Hawkeye Conference win.
Hacker walked only one bette and struck out a dozen Cardinals to improve to 6-1 on the season.
DeRonde added a double to her home run while Dykstra, Braundmeier, Ava Vande Wall and Meghan Moorman all had a single. Coon and Ashley Kindley both scored one run.
The Indians began a busy week on the diamond Monday as they hosted No. 14 Norwalk, the first of nine games in six days. They then entertain to Grinnell, on Tuesday, host Pella on Wednesday then face league-leading Indianola on Friday at home.
Oskaloosa has its Indian Classic Saturday at Lacey Complex. The Indians take on East Marshall at 9:15 a.m., then play Fairfield at 12:45 p.m. and Creston at 4;15 p.m.