EDDYVILLE — With the possibility of inclement weather moving in Tuesday night, Oskaloosa and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont moved their varsity game to 5:30 p.m. to avoid the weather.
Still, with all the lightning and intermittent rain around, the game was delayed nearly an hour 45 minutes before the teams finally took the field.
The delay didn't bother the Indians much as they scored two runs in each of the final three innings to take a 7-1 victory from the Rockets at Ron Welsch Field.
"It's very tough, said Oskaloosa coach Bill Almond about waiting around for the game to start. "We talked about that while we were sitting there mentally. The team that was going to win this game was the team that got the toughest mentally ready to play. We've got to mentally tough. One of the players, Tyler Miller, said that to be exact. Who's going to win the ball game is the team that is mentally prepared to win it."
OSkaloosa started out a but slow getting one hit in the first two innings until scoring a run in the top of the third.
Will Schultz walked with one out in the inning and got to second on a passed ball. Wyatt Krier walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. After Miller grounded into a fielder's choice, Colton Butler brought Schultz home on a ground out.
Oskaloosa 16-5) (added two more in the fifth as Krier reached on an error and Miller had an infield single to move Krier to second. Butler grounded into a fielder's choice as an errant throw allowed Krier to score the go-ahead run. Rian Yates had a single and Butler scored on the second error of the inning.
Krier, meanwhile, was holding the Rockets (15-9) until the bottom of the fifth when DJ Stout singled to center as Almond pulled Krier to bring in Butler. Reilly Flaig greeted Butler with a single to right and Devin Jager walked to load the bases with one out in the inning. Stout scored on a wild pitch, but Butler got Trey Moore to strikeout and Jaden Herr to fly out to Krier in right to end the inning.
"Wyatt threw extremely well," Almond said. "I've said it once, I'll say in 1,000 times, our pitching staff is one of he best in the conference let alone around in the area. Night in, night out, our stats continue to show that and very happy for them."
The Indians came back with two runs in the sixth as Charlie North and Nik Dykstra drew one-out walks. Krier reached base for the fourth time in the game with his third walk to load the bases and Miller singled home courtesy runner Colin Snitker and Dykstra to make it 5-1.
They added their final two runs in the seventh with yates leading the inning with a single to center. following a ground out, Cole Kraber had an RBI single to left-center and got third on a wild pickoff byRocket reliever Thane Alexander and scored on a wild pitch.
Miller led the Oskaloosa attack with two singles and two RBI while Yates also had a pair of single and scored a run. Butler had a single, one RBI and a run scored as did Kraber while North singled and Schultz had a single and a run scored. Krier and Snitker also scored a run.
Krier improved to 2-1 as he allowed a single hit in 4 1/3 innings pitched. he walked one and struck out four while Butler finished up by going the last 2 2/3 innings, giving up a hit, walking one and striking out five.
Stout and Flaig had the hits for the Rockets with Stout collecting the run scored.
jared McCrea falls to 3-2 on the season as he went 3 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, walking five and fanning six. Adam LaRue received him for one inning, allowed four hits, issued one walk and struck out one. Alexander went the final 2/3 of an inning, striking out one.
"We didn't play well. It happens," Rockets coach Tom Hallgen said. "We'll be better next time out."
Oskaloosa resumed Little Hawkeye Conference play Wednesday as it goes to Norwalk while Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont is at Clarke on Thursday