OSKALOOSA — it's been quite a while since Grinnell has had the upper hand on Oskaloosa on the softball diamond.
The last time the Tigers had beaten the Indians was on June 29, 2011. In fact, they swept the Indians that season.
Grinnell's Kiana Kies drilled a two-run go-ahead single through the Oskaloosa infield Tuesday night to snap the long losing streak 3-2 in Little Hawkeye Conference action.
"I thought Hayle (Hacker) threw well," Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. "I feel sorry for Hayle. She threw 14 innings and only gave up just four runs and got two losses. We just can't find a hit, just can't hit the ball when we need to. We're having some trouble fielding some balls. When you make mistakes, that gives teams a lot of chances.
The sixth-ranked Indians broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by freshman Olivia Gordon, but the Tigers responded with two hits in the seventh.
Oskaloosa (8-5, 2-4) got on the scoreboard fist in the second inning as Taylor Wills doubled to left and Maddie Haines singled and Wills scored on an error following Haines' hit.
Grinnell came right back in the third as Megan Doty blooped a single down the right field line and Kies singled to left two batters later to even the game at 1.
Neither team was able to add on any more runs as the Indians had a couple of chances to break the tie, but the Tigers' defense rose to the occasion.
In the fifth, Ashley Kindley started the inning with a bloop infield single and Ava Vande Wall hit the ball to Doty at shortstop. Doty couldn't make a play as Kindley and Vande Wall are both safe. The pair advanced a base on a wild pitch and Meredith McKnight struck out Faith DeRonde. That brought up Hayle Hacker with a chance to put Oskaloosa back on top. However, she lined the ball hard to Doty, who threw to third baseman Lindsey Hollibaugh to double off Kindley and end the scoring threat.
In the sixth, Abby Braundmeier began the winning with a single to right and Wills sacrificed pinch runner Lauren Coon to second. Haines grounded out to move Coon over to third and Gordon, pinch hitting for Kaylee Johnson, waited for her pitch and lined it to right to score Coon and put the Indians ahead at 2-1.
Johnson replaced Gordon and got to second on a wild pitch and Meghan Moorman singled to center and Harms sent Johnson home for an insurance run. But Kies threw a strike to catch Kaitlyn Kriegel from center to get Johnson out at the plate to end the inning.
"That was nice for her," Harms said of Gordon. "That was a tough spot to put her in. She came through with a timely hit. That was big and we thought Meghan's run, that extra run was really going to be big. If it stood up, it would've been.
"Our main goal is not to win the conference but to get better as the season goes on. We've got to find ways to score runs and hopefully get better in the field."
Grinnell came right back in its half of the seventh as Katelyn Van Compernolle started the inning with an infield single. Doty then drew a walk and the runners moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Kriegel. Kies then came through with her game-winning hit.
The Indians still had a chance to tie the game, but McKnight sat them down in order and hand the Indian their third lost in three days.
"Give Grinnell credit. They made some plays," Harms said. "Heck of a throw by the center field to get Kaylee at home and they came back and got two runs. They're celebrating and they should, They haven't beaten us in a long time. That's a nice win for their program."
Moorman and Kindley had two singles apiece for Oskaloosa while Braundmeier and Gordon both had a single and Wills added her double. Wills and Coon scored the runs with Gordon collecting the only RBI.
Hacker (6-3) gave up six hits, walked three and struck out eight in a losing cause.
Oskaloosa continues its home stand with a game tonight against Pella.