No. 4 (5A) Indianola 8, Oskaloosa 0
OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa currently ranks third in the conference in runs per game at 6.4 and had won five of their last six games but the talented pitching of Indianola were able to keep them at bay on Wednesday in an 8-0 defeat.
Indianola was led by their two studs as all-stater Destiny Lewis clubbed her eighth home run (tied for second in the state) of the season and had four RBIs while reaching base safely four times.
Indianola also had a strong outing from their star pitcher Kate Kralik, who got the complete game shutout after allowing just two hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts.
The two Osky hits were by Faith DeRonde and Presley Blommers. Shannon Van Rheenen took her first loss of the season after giving up eight runs on 13 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Oskaloosa (8-6, 4-2 LHC) travels to Pella Christian (9-5, 2-4 LHC) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. for a doubleheader.
No. 1 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes 16, Pella 4
PELLA — The high-powered offense of DCG went for 15 hits and brought across 16 runs while downing Pella in five innings.
Ella Corbin took the loss in the circle while Kiki Riggen and Taylor Tousey also pitched in relief.
Riggen continues to hit well as she was 2-for-3 with a solo home run while Bailey Brown also was 2-for-3. Katie Pollock, Corbin and Thea Wisse all drove in a run for the Lady Dutch.
"We hit well and pitched but we need to improve defensively," Pella head coach Katie Gravert said. "DCG is a solid team, I'm proud of the girls fight tonight."
Pella (1-11, 0-6 LHC) will get another tough test on Thursday at 8 p.m. when they travel to No. 5 (3A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont (12-0).
Pella Christian 11, Newton 10
PELLA — The Eagles needed every bit of their 11 runs as they were able to hold off a late Newton rally to win by one on Wednesday.
Newton opened up with two runs in the first and would hold a 2-0 lead until the fourth inning where Trinity Vos' RBI groundout would slice the deficit in half.
PC would then explode for four runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth to take an 11-2 lead. But the Cardinals weren't done yet as they plated eight runs in the seventh but Natalie Harrill would throw out the tying run at home and then Vos, who took over in relief in the seventh got Newton to fly out with the bases loaded to save the game.
Anna Bonnett was 1-for-1 with three walks and a RBI while Emri Agre had two hits and drove in three runs. Alexa Dunsbergen had two RBIs with Faith Kacmarynski and Jarah Morgan both driving in one run.
Pella Christian (9-5, 2-4 LHC) will play host for a doubleheader against Oskaloosa (8-6, 4-2 LHC) on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Albia 6, Knoxville 4
KNOXVILLE — Knoxville's comeback bid fell short on Wednesday against Albia.
The Panthers found themselves trailing 3-0 after a couple of errors put the Lady Dees out in front.
Ashlyn Finarty's solo home run got one run back for Knoxville before Albia added another two runs to make it 5-1 in the fifth. Ciara Heffron helped her own cause in the circle by blasting a two-run homer to cut it to 5-3 heading to the sixth. Both teams exchanged another run late in the game as Albia was able to hold on.
Heffron took the loss after going four innings and allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts.
Knoxville (8-4, 1-3 SCC) will try to bounce back on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Clarke (5-6, 1-3 SCC).
Pella Christian 7, Newton 1
PELLA — The Eagles were able snap their nine-game skid on Wednesday with a win over Newton.
Micah DeHaan dominated on the mound with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings while Bennett Spronk connected on his fourth home run of the season.
Pella Christian (2-10, 1-5 LHC) will host Oskaloosa (2-9, 1-5 LHC) for a doubleheader on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Albia 7, Knoxville 2
Knoxville 5, Albia 4
KNOXVILLE — The Panthers picked up a split in a conference doubleheader against Albia on Wednesday.
Jaxon Zuck took the loss in game one after going 5 2/3 innings and striking out five.
Knoxville would bounce back in the nightcap with a walk-off win in eight innings. Beau Leisure struck out 12 in 6 2/3 innings while Mike Hudson got the win in relief while also going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
Knoxville (4-8, 2-5 SCC) hosts Ankeny Centennial (5-9) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Colin Peters can be reached at 641-672-2581, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @ColinPetersOH.