OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa has left plenty of runners on base this week as it had lost three games heading into Wednesday night's Little Hawkeye Conference contest with Pella.
The sixth-ranked Indians (9-5, 3-4) did strand eight runners on base against the Lady Dutch, but converted six hits, seven walks, four errors and two hit batters into an 11-2 victory.
"What a nice team win," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "The kids did what we needed to do. The kids really came in dialed in and that was a nice thing to see. Everybody did contribute.?
All nine starters got on base at least once and two of the pinch runners scored for the Indians.
It all began in the first inning as Meghan Moorman walked to start the game, but was erased on a fielder's choice by Ashley Kindley. Ava Vande Wall ripped an RBI double to left to plate Kindley for a 1-0 lead.
Pella got on the scoreboard in its half of the third as Courtney Thompson and Maddie Parks both singled. Ally Almond followed with a single tooled the bases and Maddy Rempe grounded out to score Thompson to tie the game at 1.
The Indians blew the game open with a five-run third inning as they sent nine batters to the plate.
Kindley walked to open the inning and Vande Wall drove Kindley home h=with her second double of the night. Abby Braundmeier walked and Maddie Haines bunted to Parks in the pitcher's circle, who threw the ball away to allow Vande Wall and pinch runner Lauren Coon to score. Faith FeRonde grounded out to shortstop, but another errant throw enabled Haines to score to make it 4-0. Makenna Schaffner doubled with two outs and went to third on a passed ball. She later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 5-0.
The Lady Dutch got a lead-off home run by Elly Cairney in the fourth and Kylie Tauke doubled two batters later. Nrynnlin Kroymann single and Thompson reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.
Harms took DeRonde out as the pitcher and brought Hayle Hacker in to try and get out of the jam.
And get out of the jam Hacker did as she struck out Parks and Almond to end the threat.
"We got some good innings from Faith early which we wanted because Hayle had thrown a lot of pitches so we wanted to rest her especially with a doubleheader with Indianola on Friday," Harms said. "Hayle came in a crucial time and slam the door shut."
Oskaloosa added four more runs in the fourth as Kindley walked and went to second on a passed ball. Vande Wall reached on an error and that ended the night for Parks as the pitcher. Ella Corbin replaced Parks in the pitcher's circle and Braundmeier greeted the new pitcher rudely with a hard shot off Corbin and Kindley came home on a wild pitch. Haines walked and DeRonde reached on a fielder's choice. Taylor Wills grounded out to bring home Haines to make the score 9-2. A pair of wild pitches allowed DeRonde to score the Indians' final run of the inning.
Oskaloosa last run of he contest came in the sixth as Braundmeier singled to right center and Kiara Bjornson was inserted as the pinch runner. Haines drilled a double to left to score Bjornson, but Haines was tagged out in a rundown trying to stretch it to a triple.
"We hit the ball hard and really hit Maddie Parks hard," Harms said. "She's a good pitcher and the kids went up thee and really battled. We got some timely hits and did some things well. we saw what happen when you put the bat on the ball. A lot of things can happen. They made some mistakes, but we did our job with our bats.
"If you put the ball in play, a lot of things can happen and we saw that tonight. They shot themselves in the foot with the mistakes, but we did our job of making them field it and throw it."
Vande Wall had a pair of doubles, two BI and scored twice as Braundmeier recorded two singles. Haines added a double, drove in one run and scored a pair of runs while Kindley touched home plate three times. DeRonde had a single and scored a run while Schaffner, Coon and Bjornson all had a run scored.
DeRonde went the fist 3 1/3 innings, gave up two runs of eight hits and struck out one. Hacker went the final 3 2/3 innings to improve to 7-3 on the season. She allowed one hit, issued one walk and fanned five.
Oskaloosa hosts LHC foe Indianola in a doubleheader on Friday then takes on East Marshall at 9:15 a.m., Fairfield at 12:45 p.m. and Creston at 4:15 p.m. in the Oskaloosa Tournament.