OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa sophomore right fielder Sophia Dykstra provided a big spark for Oskaloosa in its Little Hawkeye Conference meeting with No. 5 Dallas Center-Grimes Thursday night.
Dykstra made a running catch in right-center for the second out in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at 1.
Then with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, she drilled the game-winning, two-out single to left-center to score Kaylee Johnson, who singled to start the inning to give the Indians a 2-1 win over the Fillies.
Dallas Center-Grimes' Kylie Merical appeared to get a single in right-center with one out in the inning, but Dykstra raced far to her right to run the ball down for the second out of the inning.
The next two batters got on base on an error and a walk, but Hayle Hacker got Elle Nelson looking for the final out of the inning.
Johnson began the Oskaloosa half of the seventh with a single past the Lillie third baseman and Meghan Moorman reached on an error by the first baseman and Ashley Kindley advanced Johnson and courtesy runner Maleah Walker on a sacrifice bunt. Ava Vande Wall was intentionally walked to load the bases which brought up Abby Braundmeier.
Braundmeier had two hits earlier in the game, but flied out to right for the second out of the inning. Johnson didn't tag on the play and it appeared like oskaloosa would be unable to break the tie.
But Dykstra singled to left-center to bring home Johnson with the winning run as the Indians extend their winning streak to four games.
"The adrenaline kicked in and I kind of went for it," Dykstra said. "I wasn't really thinking about it at that point. I was trying to get the out and see what happens.
"I was ready for it (hit). I had the adrenaline kicking in me, the team needed me and the coach needed me. I was ready for it. I really wasn't on the ball today for my first couple of at-bats. I knew when they needed me, I was going to deliver and so I had to do it."
"That was a great play, great catch and saved us there on a tough ball," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "For her to come up and get the winning hit it's gGot to be awful exciting for her. Two great plays and two crucial times in the game.
"Both teams battled and was a really good ball game."
Oskaloosa (15-9, 6-7) appeared to have all the runs Hacker (10-6) would need in the very first inning.
After the first two batters were retired, Vande Wall reached on an error by the center fielder and came around to score on Braundmeier's RBI single for the early 1-0 lead.
The game stayed that way until the fifth when Dallas Center-Grimes evened the game.
Merical singled to begin the inning and got the second on a wild pitch. Two outs later, Haylee Hidlebaugh singled to left to score Merical.
The Fillies stranded five runners in the first two innings, including bases loaded in the second.
Lauren Osborn and Morgan Rosenbeck had one-out singles and Maria Hendricks singled to center, but Faith DeRonde fired a strike to Moorman at the plate to get Osborn for the second out of the inning. Merical then walked to load the bases and Hacker got out of the jam as Molly Cooney popped out to Maddie Haines to end the threat.
"Both teams had chances and each team got themselves out of tough situations," Harms said. "It was a good win, we have to happy about that."
Braundmeier and DeRonde led the Indians with a pair of hits each as Braundmeier added an RBI. Kindley, Johnson, Haines and Dykstra all had a single with Dykstra collecting the game-winning RBI. Johnson and Vande Wall scored the runs.
Hacker went the distance, allowing eight hits, walked two and struck out three.
After playing a doubleheader at Newton on Monday, the Indians go to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont on Tuesday.