Lady Bears remain undefeated

Oskaloosa sophomore Rachel Harding runs the bases against McLouth.

Oskaloosa sophomore Rachel Harding runs the bases against McLouth.


by Brian Janus

The Oskaloosa Lady Bears high school varsity softball team continued to extend their perfect season with another six wins last week.

Due to a previous rainout game with Valley Falls that was originally scheduled for April 11, the Lady Bears had to play through a pretty stacked schedule. They played three doubleheaders in five days, playing Effingham at home on Monday, McLouth at home on Thursday, and finishing up the week with a thrilling ten-inning away game against Valley Falls on Friday.


Effingham (ACCHS) Game 1

In the first game against the Effingham Tigers, the Lady Bears cruised to victory, powered by a great effort from pitcher Haidyn Bassett that led to a 10-0 win in five innings. Bassett handled Effingham’s lineup with ease, racking up 13 strikeouts and giving up just one hit over five shutout innings.

In the first inning, the Lady Bears got on the scoreboard early with two doubles. Madison Miller doubled on a fly ball to left field, which eventually brought her to home plate off of a line drive RBI double by Bassett.

The third inning added two more runs for the Lady bears. Brianna Brooks hit a line drive double to center field driving home a base runner. Bassett reached first on a sacrifice bunt, which drove in Brooks to score another run, giving the Bears a 3-0 advantage.

The biggest inning for the Lady Bears was the fifth. In the inning they scored seven runs. Brooks tripled to right field placing her in scoring position. After a walk and courtesy runner substitution, Lady Bears Rachel Harding doubled to left field, driving in the runner and advancing Bassett to third base. Bassett eventually stole home to bring the score to 5 to 0. Shyan Wright doubled and advanced Harding to third base, then Megan Grother singled, scoring Harding and advancing Wright to second base — who eventually scored. Erica Lopez hit a pop fly single which drove in Grother to bring the the score to 8-0. Brianna Brooks drove in the final two runs with her second triple of the game, driving in Lopez and Taylor Willits, who got on first base with a walk.


Effingham (ACCHS) Game 2

In the second game with Effingham, the Lady bears started out with a seven-run explosion in the first inning, which spurred the Bears to an 11-1 victory over five innings.

The first batter, Taylor Willits, started off the game with a line drive single down the middle. Madison Miller then doubled with a fly ball, which advanced Willits to third base. Brianna Brooks hit a hard ground ball, which scored Willits and advanced Miller to third base. Miller then stole home on a passed ball to bring the score to 2-0. After Bassett was walked, Rachel Harding’s RBI single scored a runner and advanced Bassett to third base, who eventually reached home to bring the score to 4-0. Megan Grother hit an RBI single bringing Harding home for another run and advancing Wright to third base. The final two runs of the first inning were scored on passed balls.

With a 7-0 lead going into the top of the second inning, the Tigers scored their only run of the game with an RBI single. The Lady Bears then added three more runs on errors in the bottom of the second inning.

In the bottom of the fourth inning with a 10-1 lead, the Lady Bears added another run by an RBI from Willits to score the final run of the game.


McLouth Game 1

Thursday evening the Lady bears faced McLouth. At the time, McLouth had been tied with Oskaloosa for first place in league play. Haidyn Bassett stuck out 11 batters to carry the Oskaloosa Lady Bears varsity to a 4-1 victory over McLouth.

The game was scorless until the top of the fourth, when McLouth drew first blood with an RBI ground out to first base and scored the first run of the game. In the bottom of the fourth Brianna Brooks hit a hard ground ball to center field and eventually reached home from an RBI double by Haidyn Bassett. Rachel Harding then added another single driving in Bassett putting Oskaloosa ahead with a score of 2-1.

In the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Brooks doubled. Bassett was walked and the next batter, Rachel Harding, scored the final two runs of the game by hitting a double to center field, which drove in Brooks and Bassett for the 4-1 victory and first place in league play.


McLouth Game 2

In the second game of the double header, Haidyn Bassett handled McLouth’s lineup with ease, racking up nine strikeouts. Bassett allowed one earned run on eight hits and no walks over seven innings.

McLouth jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Tullis doubled to ignite McLouth’s offense. A stolen base then moved Tullis from second to third. More runs came home for McLouth when they scored on a solo home run by Patterson.

In the bottom of the first, Taylor Willits singled to start the inning. Madison Miller hit a line drive double to center field to score Willits, giving the Lady bears their first run of the game.

In the bottom of the third inning, Willits hit another single to left field and she eventually scored from an RBI double by Brianna Brooks, which tied the score at 2-2. After Bassett hit a single and placed runners at first and third, Rachel Harding singled to drive in Brooks and advancing to third. Bassett, who eventually scored on a error, increased Oskie’s lead to 4-2. Megan Grother reached first base on a fielder’s choice. Shyan Wright hit a hard ground ball to left field for a double which advanced Grother to third. Grother then went on to score on an error adding another run to Oskie’s lead with a score of 5-2.

Big problems came for McLouth in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jordan Coates reached first base on a fielding error and Willits was hit by a pitch. Then Miller was walked which loaded up the bases. McLouth then commited three more errors allowing Oskie to score their final two runs of the game, giving Oskie the 7-2 victory.


Valley Falls Game 1

An impressive two-way performance from Haidyn Bassett led the Oskaloosa Lady Bears varsity to a 11-2 win Friday over Valley Falls, as Bassett came up huge at the plate and in the circle. Bassett racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Oskaloosa Lady Bears varsity. She doubled in the third inning and singled in the fourth and sixth innings. Bassett baffled Valley Falls, striking out 10 batters. Bassett allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks over seven innings.

Trouble started immediately for Valley Falls in the top of the first inning. The bases became loaded on a walk, hit by pitch and a single by Brianna Brooks. One runner scored on a throwing error giving Oskie their first lead at 1-0. Bassett reached first on an error driving in a run, adding another run to Oskie’s lead. Shyan Wright’s RBI single drove in Brooks and put Bassett into scoring position at third. Bassett then scored on a fielding error giving the Lady bears and early 4-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, Valley Falls scored their first run on an error by Oskaloosa.

The top of the third inning Oskaloosa scored two more runs on a double by Bassett and a single by Rachel Harding bringing the score to 6-1.

The fourth inning saw Oskaloosa score three more runs. Hailey Cress singled and Taylor Willits doubled to left field. Then the bases became loaded when a batter was walked. Bassett hit an RBI single to center field driving in Cress. Another runner scored on an infield play and Rachel Harding’s RBI single brought the score to 9-1.

Valley Falls’ final run came in the fifth inning when a fly ball by Edmonds was caught allowing Herring to tag up and score.

In the top of the sixth inning, multiple throwing errors by Valley Falls allowed Oskie to increase their lead by another two runs, bringing a final score of 11-2.


Valley Falls Game 2

The Oskaloosa Lady Bears Varsity outlasted Valley Falls at Valley Falls 7-4 Friday after a thriller lasting 10 innings.

In the top of the first inning, a pitch hit Taylor Willits. Willits then advanced to third on a single to left field by Haidyn Bassett. She then stole home, putting the first run on the board for the Lady Bears at 1-0.

Rachel Harding doubled to left field in the top of the second inning and came home for another run on errors. In the bottom of the second Valley Falls got on the board with their first run when Clayton was walked and advanced on a single by #12. Clayton then stole home on an error bringing the score to 2-1

The Lady Bears had a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the third inning. Willits walked and was advanced around the bases to score another run for Oskie.

With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, down 3-1, Bassett walked two batters. The runner advanced twice, reaching third base and ultimately came home for a run breathing life into the Dragons.

The Dragons were able to battle back, tying the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Oskaloosa scored another run in the top of the ninth inning taking the lead 4-3 when Erika Lopez singled to right field driving in Megan Grother. Valley Falls once again battled back once tying the game with an RBI triple by #10 to tie up the game at 4-4.

The game’s final action occurred in the top of the 10th inning when Bassett flied out to left field allowing Willits to tag up and score. During the same play, Maddie Miller also advanced home. Megan Grother scored the final run with a ground out RBI to bring home Brianna Brooks for a final score of 7-4 Oskie.

Oskaloosa is now at the top of the league standings with a 14-0 record for the season. For their final three opponents of the regular season, Oskaloosa will face Doniphan West, Riverside and Immaculata.


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