OSKALOOSA — it was not a good night all around for Oskaloosa as it took on Newton in a Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader Monday night.
The Indians managed just three hits against Newton pitcher Peyton Maher as the Cardinals won the first game 4-0. The second game was a lot worse as the Cardinals scored 11 runs in the fifth inning in a 14-8 victory to complete the sweep.
Maher and Oskaloosa's Hayle Hacker were locked in a pitcher's duel as neither allowed a hit for the first three innings.
Newton got to Hacker in the fourth as Chassidy Henwood, Mackensie Brown and Maher all had singles with Maher driving in Henwood with the game's first run. Maddison Thayer and Taylor Lust followed with RBI singles to complete the three-run inning for Newton.
Oskaloosa didn't get a hit until the fifth as Meghan Moorman doubled with two outs, but courtesy runner Macie Krier was left stranded at second as Ashley Kindley grounded out to end the inning.
The Cardinals tacked on an additional run in the seventh as Brown had a two-out double and scored on Maher's RBI single for a 4-0 lead going to the bottom of the seventh.
Taylor Wills and Kaylee Johnson had singles in the seventh, but Maher recorded her 10th strikeout of the game as she fanned Moorman to end the game.
Hacker struck out nine batters in the loss and gave up nine hits, walking no one.
“I thought both pitchers threw well,” Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. “When Maher got up 4-0 and the way she as throwing, we didn't think we would get runs. We tried to save Hayle in case we needed to bring her back in the second game. The second time they faced her, they really hit the ball on her.”
The second game had a better beginning for the Indians as they led 8-1 after four innings.
Kindley, the team's lone senior, doubled to center in the opening inning and came around to score on Abby Braundmeier's RBI single for an early 1-0 lead.
Oskaloosa tacked on two more runs in the third asJohnson singled and Kindley was hit by a pitch. Ava Vande Wall forced Johnson out at third and Braundmeier singled to load the bases. Maddie Haines singled in Kindley and Vande Wall for a 3-0 advantage.
The Indians appeared to put the game out of reach in the fourth as they added five runs on the benefit of just one hit to push the lead to 8-1.
Wills drew an one-out walk and Johnson had a infield single while Moorman walked to loaded the bases. Kindley recorded the third walk of the inning to score Wills which ended the night for Newton starter Kallie Van Kley.
Newton coach Casey Price brought in Maher, who promptly walked Vande Wall to allow Johnson to score. Braundermeier grounded out that scored courtesy runner Kiara Bjornson to make it a 6-1 game.
Then disaster struck the Indians.
On an 0-2 pitch, the ball hit Haines' arm and she was forced to leave the game with an injury. Krier was inserted to replace Haines, and she bunted the ball to Maher, who threw high to the first baseman as Kindley and Vande Wall scored for the 8-1 lead.
“It was one of those situations once Maddie got hurt, things went downhill,” Harms said. “We had to try and move people around. We had quite a few walks in the game (nine) and they hit it and got people on base. They got the key hits and they brought Maher back and we didn't do enough against her.
“It was a disappointing night. We didn't play as well as we can. We didn't do wenough with the bats to put any pressure on them.”
While things didn't look good for Newton at the time, it did get a whole lot better in the top half of the fifth.
The Cardinals sent 16 batters to plate and tallied 11 runs to take the lead for good.
Maher doubled in a pair of runs to get the Cardinals going and two walks forced Harms to pull Faith DeRonde from the game and Hacker came in relief.
Lust greeted Hacker with an run-scoring single and Kya Butler singled in two more runs. Maher added an RBI single as Newton had seven hits in the inning for a 12-8 advantage.
The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth as Anna Bebout singled and would score on a wild pitch, and Lakin Jenkins had an RBI single to put the Cardinals six runs ahead.
Maher allowed a two-out double in the sixth to Vande Wall, but Maher recorded six strikeouts in her 3 2/3 innings in the circle.
Braundemeier and Johnson had two singles apiece as Braundmeier ahd two BI and Johnson scored a run. Kindley and Vande Wall both had a double as Kindley scored three runs and drove in another and vande Wall scored twice and also drove in a run. Haines singled and drove in two runs before she left as Wills scored a run.