Jay Harms was looking for some consistency from his Oskaloosa softball team after a win on Monday night.
He received a boost to some consistency with a 14-hit barrage and scored a 10-0 nonconference victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg.
Pitcher Jennifer Whitehead put together a strong performance throwing five no-hit innings before allowing two singles in the top of the sixth inning. She struck out two batters and walked one. She also helped her own cause with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
“We got a better outing by Jen tonight,” said Harms. “This is the second good game in a row we have received from her.
“We improved from last night. We got some hits and was able to put the pressure on them when we scored early.”
Oskaloosa (10-14, 5-5) scored two in the bottom half of the first inning added two more in the second, one in the third and fourth and two in each of the final innings to end the contest.
The Indians put the bat on the ball making solid contact that forced a couple Eddyville-Blakesburg errors. The hitting was coupled with aggressive baserunning and kept the Rockets on their heels.
Rockets coach Shellee Shafer said her team faced a tough foe in Oskaloosa.
“We had a big game last night against Clarke and had a bit of a let down tonight,” said Shafer. “We put the ball in play, but give Osky credit they made the plays. They play tougher competition than we do.
“They were hitting the ball and we had some errors that extended innings and then we would hit the ball at people.”
Oskaloosa junior left fielder Samantha Allgood smacked three singles, drove in a run and scored twice and Kristelle Slycord added three singles and drove in two runs to lead the Indians. Freshman Shawni Wills also rapped two singles and a triple and senior Ashley Jimenez had a triple with three RBI.
Oskaloosa’s aggressiveness proved advantageous.
“We were a lot more aggressive tonight than last night,” said Harms. “We took advantage of the situations they gave us.”
Eddyville-Blakesburg eight-grade catcher Tasha Alexander and her sophomore sister, right fielder Tarah Alexander, each hit a last inning single to lead the Rockets.
Alison Koebke took the loss for the Rockets. She gave up 13 hits and struck out two.
Eddyville-Blakesburg (11-8, 4-3) play at Centerville on Thursday. Oskaloosa returned to Little Hawkeye Conference play Wednesday when it hosts Newton.
Oskaloosa 10, Eddyville-Blakesburg 0
Eddyville-Blakesburg battery — Alison Koebke (L, 3-5, 5 2/3 IP, 10 R, 15 H, 0 BB, 1 K) and Tasha Alexander.
Hits — Tarah Aleander 1-for-3, Tasha Alexander 1-for-3.
Oskaloosa battery — Jennifer Whitehead (W, 6-11, 0 r, 2 H, 2 K) and Dana VanRenterghem.
2B — Jacque Terrell. 3B — Ashley Jimenez, Shawni Wills.
Hits — Wills 3-for-4, Kritelle Slycord 3-for-4, Samantha Allgood 3-for-4, Whitehead 2-for-3, Terrell 2-for-4, Jimenez 1-for-3, Maddi Ewing 1-for-1. Runs — Allgood 2, Wills, Ewing, Terrell, Slycord, Kenzie Gott, Kirsti Edwards, Kesley Kollasch, Kailyn Risher. RBI — Jiemenz 3, Slycord 2, Wills, Whitehead, Terrell, Allgood.