OSKALOOSA — Old rivals met up on the baseball diamond on Tuesday as Oskaloosa played host to Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont. A tight game until the end saw the Indians hold off a Rocket rally in the seventh to win it, 6-4.
Oskaloosa started the scoring in the bottom of the first with William Schultz legging out a double before coming around to score on an Alex Christ RBI single to left to put the Indians in front 1-0.
EDF would break through in the third inning as Braxton Malloy would lace one at Schultz at shortstop but the Osky senior would lose it in the sun as it would get by him allowing two Rocket runners to score and Malloy to run to second. Malloy would then score one batter later with Nathan Calhoun almost sending one over the right field fence for an RBI double to quickly shift the game in favor of the Rockets, 3-1.
The Indians got one back in the bottom of the inning with Colin Snitker racing to a leadoff triple before jogging home on a Schultz sacrifice fly to cut it to one.
Osky would continue their momentum into the next inning with back-to-back doubles by Landon Briggs and Aiden North tying the game up. The Indians would later load the bases with two outs and would get a freebee with Charlie North getting plunked to bring in the go-ahead run. Osky would strand the bases load but leave the fourth inning with a 4-3 lead.
After giving up his third run in the third, Oskaloosa pitcher Kam Criss retired 10 of the next 11 batters he faced. His team tried to give him some insurance in the fifth but would once again strand the bases loaded for the second straight inning.
EBF would go to their third pitcher of the game in the bottom of the sixth with Ethan Davis taking the mound. Unfortunately for Davis, he struggled to find his command with two straight walks and three balks allowing both Osky runners to jog home without the ball being put in play while also giving them some cushion going into the seventh.
Criss got the first two outs of the inning quickly but was then taken out before the last one due to pitch count as Jarrett Czerwinski would enter looking to get the last out.
The Rockets didn’t make it easy as the next four batters would reach with two walks and two singles bringing one run across as the bases were now loaded with the tying run on second and the go-ahead run on first.
Czerwinski would induce a ground ball just right of second base with a nice grab and flip from Tucker DeJong to Schultz getting the runner out just in time at second to escape the big inning and win the game and snap an eight-game losing streak.
Christ and Briggs both had two hits in the contest while Christ, Schultz, Charlie North and Aiden North all had one RBI. Criss secured the win after pitching 6 2/3 strong innings allowing three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Oskaloosa (8-19, 2-15 LHC) will go to No. 3 (3A) Grinnell (29-3, 15-3 LHC) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for the their last doubleheader of the season with the Tigers looking to lock up a conference title.