Indians Sweep Eagles in Softball Doubleheader

By Sam Parsons

The Oskaloosa Indians entered Monday night’s doubleheader versus conference rival Pella Christian looking to get their record back up to .500 after last week saw them go 0-4 against some stiff competition. The Indians got what they were hoping for, as they delivered back to back strong team efforts against the Eagles.

Game 1 of the doubleheader featured starts in the circle from Shannon Van Rheenen for the Indians and Laurel Rozeboom for the Eagles. The game began as a back and forth duel between the two: only one combined run scored in the first 3.5 innings of the game (Haylee Parker scored from 3rd base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 1st inning). In the bottom of the 4th inning, however, the Indian bats came alive: a walk drawn by Van Rheenen kick-started an 8 run rally that saw the Indians rack up 5 base hits including doubles from Cylee Smith and Hailey Harbour. By the end of the 4th, it was 9-0 Oskaloosa, and from there, the Indians cruised to victory, as a few runs from the Eagles turned out to be too little, too late. The Indians won the opener 10-5.

The nightcap started even more auspiciously for Osky. This time, Smith got the start at pitcher, but the highlight of the game was the offense for the Indians: Osky racked up 7 runs in the first two innings and in less than 4 full innings of play, the team combined for 11 hits. Smith helped her own cause with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 2nd inning as part of a 2-3 night. Shannon Van Rheenen and Kassie Johnson both reached base on all of their plate appearances, as Johnson went 2-2 with 2 walks, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBIs, while Van Rheenen went 3-3 with 3 RBI. Game 2 was never in question: the Indians mercy-ruled the Eagles with a 14-2 victory after 4 innings.

The two victories improved the Indians’ record to 5-5. It was the start of a busy week for the Oskaloosa softball team: they will host Albia tonight (Tuesday), followed by a road trip to Pella on Wednesday, and then they’ll have another doubleheader at Newton on Thursday. The Newton doubleheader will be broadcast on KBOE 104.9 FM and

Game 1 Stats

Game 2 Stats


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