OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa found the offense it'd been looking for early in the season when it faced Washington in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday night.
The Indians (6-1) banged out 13 hits in the first game and added nine more in the nightcap to sweep the Demons 10-0 and 8-5.
"This was the first night I felt that we really hit the ball like we can hit the ball," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "We had some kids squared up (the ball). We really hit some hard balls. That was really good to see."
Oskaloosa had some fielding issues early in the first game, committing two errors, but got on track in its half of the second inning.
After the first two batters made outs in the inning, Faith DeRonde ripped a double to left field and scored on Taylor Wills' single to right for the early 1-0 lead.
The Indians added two more in the third as Meghan Moorman singled to left and was replaced by courtesy runner Lauren Coon. Ashley Kindley followed with a bunt single and Ava Vande Wall sacrificed them over. Abby Braundmeier delivered a two-run double to right in increase the lead to 3-0.
the Indians added single runs in the fourth and fifth as DeRonde walked and Wills sacrificed her to second. Moorman's two-out single to left to bring home DeRonde made it 4-0 in the fourth.
The following inning had Maddie Haines lifting a fly ball to left that cleared the fence for the Indians' first home run of the season and Ade it 5-0.
Oskaloosa won by the 10-run mercy rule by tacking on five runs in the sixth as Vande Wall getting a two-run single and Sophia Dykstra adding a run-scoring double to cap off the game.
The beneficiary of the offensive barrage was Hayle Hacker, who tossed a two-hitter and struck out three.
Kindley led the hitting attack with three singles and scoring two runs while Moorman had a pair of singles and drove in a run. Braundmeier had a single and a double while knocking in two runs as DeRonde had two doubles and scored two runs. Vande Wall singled, scored a run and drove in two more while Haines had her home run and scored two runs. Dykstra had an RBI double. Wills had a single that scored a run while then trio of Coon, Kaylee Johnson and Macie Krier all scored a run.
"Hayle did a nice job in the first game," Harms said. "It's nice to be able to have a big lead like that. It makes it a lot easier to go out there and pitch."
The second game was much different than the opener as Washington scored three runs in the third and tied the game in the fourth at 5.
Oskaloosa got a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Braundmeier then added four more in the second.
Sophia Dykstra singled and DeRonde belted her first varsity home run to left that made it 3-1. Wills and Johnson followed with singles and Kindley laid down a bunt that eventually led to two more runs being scored for a 5-1 cushion.
Washington tallied two of its three runs in the third on a single by Cara Linnenkamp and Kaitlyn Mitchell added an run-producing double.
The Indians broke the tie in the fourth as Moorman doubled and Braudmeier blooped a single to short right-center to bring home Krier to put Oskaloosa on top at 6-5.
Heading into the top of the fifth, Harms replaced DeRonde in the pitcher's circle and brought in Hacker to finished up.
The move paid off as the sophomore (4-1) gave up two hits in her three innings of work, but did hit two batters while fanning four.
The Indians added two insurance runs in the fifth as Dykstra doubled and Johnson walked. Moorman reached on an error to score Dykstra and, after two more walks, Vande Wall coaxed another walk from Alexa Mitchell to get Johnson for the final 8-5 score.
Braundmeier, Dykstra and Wills all had two hits with Dykstra getting a double and scored two runs. Braundmeier drove in a pair of runs and Wills scored once. DeRonde drove in two runs with her home run as Moorman had a double. Vande Wall singled in a run while Kindley had an RBI. Johnson scored two runs as did Krier.
DeRonde went the first four innings, giving up five hits, walked two and struck out two.
"We told the kids they needed to play some softball and I thought tonight was really a sign for us that hopefully a lot better things to come and we'e starting to turn this thing around and play like I think we can play," Harms said. "Up and down the lineup, the kids did a nice job with the bats."