The Oskaloosa baseball team had themselves a great night in a sweep of Norwalk at home last night in a make-up doubleheader from Monday.
Osky was originally scheduled to face Albia on the road, but that game was nixed in favor of the conference doubleheader. Norwalk came to Osky still trying to figure out how to replace their star player Chris Comito, who is no longer with the squad after being drafted in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week by the Chicago White Sox.
The first game had some back and forth action early, as TJ Boyle struggled through the third on the mound and the Indians saw themselves down by the score of 3-2. But the team responded, plating five runs in the bottom of the third to take control, and Boyle would settle back in and only allow one more run the rest of the way in a five-hit complete game.
In game two, the Indians jumped on Norwalk early, plating 5 unearned runs. They would cruise behind Peyton Crouse to a 10-0 six inning run-rule win. The two wins move the Indians to an impressive 10-1 record this year.Offensively, there was some shuffling in the order from Coach Clint Gingerich. Bennett Spry came into the doubleheader leading the team in batting average, so he got bumped up to the leadoff spot, dropping Mitchell Schaffner to the #2 hole looking to get him going. That worked to perfection, as Schaffner went 6 for 8 on the night.
Colton Swanson and Peyton Crouse both had big nights at the plate as well, as all spots in the Oskaloosa order drove in runs or got multiple hits in the doubleheader. The Indians had 28 total hits in the two games.
The Indians will be back in action tonight, assuming Mother Nature cooperates. This time, they’ll be an underdog against #2 Pella. The Little Dutch have gotten off to a great start this year, continuing their dominance in Class 3A boys’ sports since football’s state title. Pella is 11-0 so far this year, but have played tighter games against some opponents that Oskaloosa has dominated. The big battle is a single varsity game tonight, with the first pitch around 7:30 PM.
You can hear that game on the Mahaska Zone Network, 99.5 FM and AM 740 KMZN and on kboeradio.com. Our pregame will start around 7:15.