The Oskaloosa Indians split a pair of games with the Newton Cardinals at Jay Harms Field, winning the first game 4-1 and losing the nightcap 7-5. In game one, Faith DeRonde threw a 2 hitter to pick up her 1st win of the season. With the score tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 6 inning, Lydia Van Veldhuizen hit a 2 run homer which turned out to be the game winner for the Indians. The Indians would pick up an insurance in the 6th inning as Maleah Walker singled, stole second and scored on a throwing error. Leading the Indians at the plate in game one was Olivia Gordon with 2 singles and 1 rbi. Van Veldhuizen had one hit - her 2 run homer. Walker, Alexis Price, DeRonde, and Presley Blommers all had singles - while Lucy Roach had a double. DeRonde was the winning pitcher - giving up 0 earned runs, while walking 2 and striking out 5 batters.
In game 2, the Indians led 4-0 after 3 innings but Newton scored 2 in the 4th and 2 in the 6th to tie the game. Newton would score 3 runs in the top of the 7th on 2 hits and 2 Osky errors. The Indians came back to score 1 in the bottom of the 7th to cut into Newton's lead and had the tying run at the plate with no outs but two hard line outs and a pop up ended the game. Shannon Van Rheenen took the loss on the mound pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up 6 runs on 9 hits, walking 2 and striking out 2. DeRonde pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit. She walked 0 and did not strike out a batter. Van Rheenen's record drops to 0-3 on the season. Leading the Indians at the plate in game 2 were Gordon, Aubrey Boender, and Roach with 2 hits apiece. Getting one hit were DeRonde, Walker, Price, and Van Veldhuizen. Gordon, Boender, Roach, and Price all had an rbi.
The Indians fall to 1-4 on the season and 1-1 in Little Hawkeye play. They travel to Norwalk Friday for a JV2/JV1/V triplehader starting at 4:00 and then host the Oskaloosa Classic at Lacey Complex Saturday. The Indians open play at 9:15 vs. Lynnville-Sully then they will play Cardinal at 2:30 to close out the Tournament.