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Oskaloosa freshman Jarrett Czerwinski warms up prior to facing a Centerville batter Wednesday night. Czerwinski went two innings and received a no decision as the Big Reds tripped the Indians 4-3 in eight innings.

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa's baseball team gave up two runs in the top of the seventh inning to lose to No. 8 Fairfield on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday night, the Indians entertained No. 7 Centerville and held a 3-1 lead going to the seventh.

The Big Reds scored twice to tie the game then won it in the eighth on the sixth Oskaloosa error for a 4-3 victory.

Centerville (20-3) took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Brady Kauzlarich singled and went to third on a wild pitch. A throwing error by Indian catcher Charlie North allowed Kauzlarich to score the game's first run.

The Big Reds had a chance to increase the lead the following inning as they loaded the bases with two outs, but Oskaloosa starter Jarrett Czerwinski got Kayden Kauzlarich to pop out to end the threat.

Oskaloosa (18-10) found a bit of an offense in its half of the inning.

Cole Kraber led the inning with a double and went to third on a ground out by North. After another ground out, Nik Dykstra singled in Kraber to tie the game at 1. Wyatt Krier then walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Tyler Miller delivered a two-out single to bring home Dykstra and Krier to put the Indians on top 3-1.

"That was a good thing to have there," Oskaloosa coach Bill Almond said. "That showed a little life which we needed last night. We got it tonight a little bit, but we left a lot of empty outs again.

"It doesn't help that we had six errors and we have to tighten it up. We had some guys out of position and haven't played there for a little bit. But they're old enough to know to do the job."

Almond brought in Colton Butler to replace Czerwinski on the mound and after walking McCain Oden on four pitches, the junior settled down to keep the Indians in the game.

Butler retired 11 straight batters until allowing a two-out single to Myles Clawson in the sixth.

"I didn't think he was quite loose when he came in," said Almond of Butler. "It was hard to get him out there when he only had a half inning to get him loose. It takes him a little bit to get warmed up. Once he got warmed up, he was fine."

Then Centerville scratched a pair of runs in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.

Cade Mosley walked to begin the inning and Brady Kauzlarich had a one-out double to move Mosley to third. Another error by the Indians allowed Mosley and Kauzlarich to score to knot the game at 3.

The Indians had a chance at pulling the game out as Miller doubled with two outs. He went to third on a wild pitch, but Oden got Butler looking to end the inning and move the game to the eighth.

Walker White walked to start the inning for the Big Reds. Pinch runner Kaleb Cochran got to second on a sacrifice by Clawson and Mosley grounded the ball to Kraber at second base. Kraber threw the ball away to allow Cochran to score the go-ahead run.

Oskaloosa went down in order in the bottom of the eighth on a ground out and two pop outs.

Miller had three singles and a double to lead the Indians. He also drove in two runs while Dykstra singled, scored a run and drove in one. Krier singled and scored a run while Kraber had a double and scored once. North and Carson Genskow both had a single.

Butler suffered the loss as he pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief of Czerwinski. Butler gave up three runs on one hit, walked three and struck out seven. Czerwinski pitched the first two innings, gave one a run on four hits and fanned one. Kale Bollinger walked one batter.

The Indians closed the Little Hawkeye Conference season Thursday night against Pella Christian then goes to Washington on Monday to put the curtain on the regular season.

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