OSKALOOSA — Pella came out swinging early in the first game of the doubleheader against Oskaloosa on Monday night. The high-powered offense that Pella has delivered just that in the first game of the night at they beat the Indians 12-1.
Jason Knox got it started with a double that moved the runner Cole Hillman to third. Keegan Hansen then grounded out to the shortstop while bringing in Hillman for the first run of the game. Josh Miller scored another run to end the first inning on a two-out single to center field that scored Knox.
The Dutch would then go on to add four more runs in the second and third inning as their starting pitcher Knox would pitch 2 1/3 innings of the game before an hour long rain delay paused the game. Knox would not return as Ryan Mace was called on to pitch the rest of the game. Mace would go on to no-hit the Indians as he pitched 4 2/3 innings having seven K’s and picking up his first win of the season. Nick DeJong led the team at the plate with two hits and a double while driving in three RBI’s.
The Indians would come back after the rain delay and score a run making it 6-1 as Colin Snitker would groundout to score Trey miller. From there on the Indians would go scoreless the rest of the game while using a plethora of pitchers. Aiden Hildenbrand got the start, allowing two hits and four runs over 1 1/3 innings. Kamden Criss, Snitker, and Logan Hoskinson all contributed in relief. Hildenbrand also led the Indians at the plate going 1-for-3 in the loss.
The second game of the doubleheader was a different story as the Indians came out with some fire and held the Dutch’s offense scoreless until the third inning where Keegan Hansen single to right field scoring Hillman. The Dutch then would score another in the top of the fourth on a solo home run by Tate Weesner, his first of the season.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Oskaloosa’s Landon Briggs doubled on a hit into center field scoring Jarrett Czerwinski and Marcus Fresquez. This would tie up the game making the score 2-2. Pella would then score two on a single from Hansen in the fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
The Indians would score a run on a single from Czerwinski. The Indians however would not be able to mount a comeback as they would fall to the Dutch in the second game of the doubleheader, 4-3. The Dutch sweep the Indians on the road playing for the first time this season.
Wes Wilcox started the game on the mound for the the Indians picking up two strikeouts while allowing four hits and three runs in four innings. On the other side of the hill, the Dutch’s Mason Wittmer earned the win pitching five innings while allowing four hits along with eight K’s.
“We figured Oskaloosa would come back tough in the second game and they gave us a great game,” Pella head coach Jesse Jablonski said. “I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there and earning a great sweep on the road against a rival opponent. It's a great start to this week and we'll take a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's game vs South Tama.”
The Indians (2-7) will stay at home and play Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
The Dutch (7-3) will be at home playing South Tama Tuesday night at 7 p.m.