Trojans, Raiders fall to Bears

Bear softball

Photo by Bridget Weishaar
Oskaloosa Bear Maddy Miller dives back to first base in time to be safe after being caught in a rundown against the Immaculata Raiders. The Bears continued their winning streak and shut out the Raiders, 16-0, in the opener and, 20-1, in the second game.


by Rick Nichols
The Oskaloosa High School softball team improved to 12-0 on the season by sweeping two doubleheaders last week, the first against the Troy Trojans and the second against the Immaculata Raiders. All of the contests were played in Oskaloosa.
The Bears battled Troy Tuesday evening, taking the opener by a score of 22-3 and the nightcap 16-0. Both games were over in three innings, as the run rule had to be applied by the head umpire.
Oskaloosa got off to a rocky start in the first game, committing three errors in the top of the first inning to allow the visitors to tally three runs. But the Bears immediately responded by scoring eight runs in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead for good. Six players, Haidyn Bassett, Brylie Bassett, Maddy Miller, Bree Brooks, Raegen Hamm and Erika Lopez, each came up with a single to aid the cause, and Haidyn smacked a home run as well.
In the second inning, pitcher Brylie Bassett struck out all three Troy batters she faced, then scored one of the 14 runs her team proceeded to put on the scoreboard to essentially seal the deal.
The second game saw hurler Haidyn Bassett fan seven Troy hitters to pick up the victory. On the offensive side, Tomi-Lyn Hickman delivered two hits to drive in four runs, one of which was a homer. Other players collected nine more hits between them to give the team a total of 11 for the game.
Immaculata provided the opposition Friday night, but the Raiders were held hitless in the twin bill by three Oskaloosa pitchers, dropping the opener by a score of 16-0 and the nightcap 21-1. Both contests were called after three innings on account of the run rule.
Hamm was credited with the victory in the first game, striking out eight Raiders along the way. In the second game, Brylie Bassett and Hannah Johnson combined to limit the visitors to just an unearned run. A batter plunked by a pitch and an error led to the score in the top of the third inning.
On offense, every starter chipped in with at least two hits over the course of the doubleheader. The attack included six home runs, two off the bat of Miller and one apiece from Brooks, Haidyn Bassett, Hamm and Shyan Wright.
Oskaloosa was slated to host the Bulldogs of McLouth High School for a doubleheader Monday evening and will be traveling to the Easton area Friday night to tangle with the Rams of Pleasant Ridge High School. The first of two scheduled games will start at 4:30.

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