IOWA CITY — Oskaloosa participated in the tough Iowa City West Tournament Friday and Saturday, winning a game both days.
The Indians began the tournament against Charles City, ranked second in Class 4A.
The Comets remained undefeated with a 9-5 win over the Indians although Charles City did lose its last three games in the tournament.
Charles City scored seven runs in the second inning and had 14 hits in the win while Oskaloosa had nine hits in the game.
Charles City did have four errors while Oskaloosa had a pair of errors.
Freshman Addison Gerard made her first career varsity start as he went six innings, gave up 14 hits, nine run with three being earned. She walked two and didn't strikeout a batte.
"We had an opportunity to get out of the(second) inning with no runs, but didn't execute a double play with one out and it ended up costing us as they then scored seven runs in the inning," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "Addison did exactly what we wanted her to do — throw strikes and let us make the plays behind her. Even though we struck out 10 times against Samantha Heyer (she has 338 Ks in 173 innings, she will attend UNI next season), we did a good job of putting pressure on them with the bats."
Ashley Kindley, Meghan Moorman and Maleah Walker all had two singles as Kindley drove in a run. Ava Vande Wall, Maddie Haines and Kaylee Johnson all single with Vande Wall also driving in a run. Walker and Johnson both scored twice with Macie Krier also scored a run.
In the second game, Hayle Hacker tossed a one-hitter and stuck out six in five innings of work as the Indians easily beat Waterloo East 10-0.
Oskaloosa got its 10 runs on 12 hits and didn't have an error while Waterloo East had three errors.
The Indians got all the runs they would need in the first inning as they scored twice then added five in the fourth and three more in the fifth.
Kindley had a single, double, scored one run and three RBI to lead the Indians as Walker had a pair of singles, two runs scored and one run driven in. Moorman, Vande Wall and Haines all had two singles with Haines and Vande Wall both adding one RBI. Abby Braundmeier had a single and two RBI as Sophia Dykstra had a single. Johnson and Krier each scored two runs while Vande Wall, Taylor Wills and Kiara Bjornson all scored a run.
The Indians opened Saturday with a thrilling 5-4 triumph over Davenport West, the first time they have bested Davenport West since 2008.
Oskaloosa collected 10 hits in the win while Davenport West had eight hits.
The Indians scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth after trailing 4-1 going into the at-bat.
"Great team effort in come from behind win over Davenport West," Harms said. "First time we have beaten them since 2008. Hacker gave up lead off single in the top of seventh but retired the next three batters to give the Indians their 20th win of the season."
Hacker (15-8) went the seven innings, walked one and fanned four as she gave up the eight hits.
Vande Wall led the Indians with three singles, one run scored and one RBI while Braundmeier had two hits and the game-winning RBI. Moorman had a two-run since that tied the game in the sixth as Haines singled and drove in a run Johnson and laker both had a single and scored a run while Dykstra had a single as well. Krier touched home plate twice as a courtesy runner.
The final game of the day on Saturday was against 10th-ranked (Class 5A) Pleasant Valley and the Indians came away with a 15-1 loss in four innings.
Oskaloosa managed four hits against Pleasant Valley as it had 11 hits off three pitchers.
Gerard lost for the second time in as many decisions. She went 3 1/3 innings, allowed 10 runs on nine hits and walked two.
"tAddison showed a lot of poise this weekend in her two starts," Harms said. "She was put in a very tough position, but she did a great job of stepping in and filing the gap."
Braundmeier pitched 1/3 of an inning, gave up five runs on one hit and three walks. Eighth-grader Presley Bloomers saw her first career varsity action by going 1/3 of an inning, allowed one hit and didn't walk a batter.
"We just ran out of pitching against a very good hitting ballclub," Harms said. "They came in with a team batting average of .355."
Pleasant valley had four runs in the first, three in the third and tallied eight runs in the fourth. Oskaloosa's lone run came in the opening inning.
Vande Wall, Braundmeier, Wills and Johnson had singles for Oskaloosa with Braundmeier collecting the only RBI with Gerard scoring the run.
Oskaloosa is 20-14 on the season and 8-10 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. The Indians closed out the regular season Monday at Pella with a doubleheader.