By ANDY HEINTZ
---- — OSKALOOSA — Although the Oskaloosa Babe Ruth Baseball team made things interesting late, the boys couldn't muster enough offense and they fell to Eden Prairie, Minn., in the first round of the Midwest Plains Babe Ruth 16-18 tournament Thursday at Lacey Recreational Complex.
It took Oskaloosa a while to figure out how to hit Eden Prairie's Erik Rosheim, who didn't surrender a hit until the fifth inning. Meanwhile, Eden Prairie managed to tack on three runs in the first four innings, including a two-run homer by Ryan Wandling in the top of the fourth.
Oskaloosa's offense, however, began to stir in the fifth. After Darren Berthusen spoiled Rosheim's no hitter with a double, Oskaloosa was able to manufacture a run off an Eden Prairie error that narrowed the gap to 3-1. Eden Prairie managed to score a run in the top of the sixth to grow its lead back to three.
Oskaloosa's offense remained hot in the sixth, as the boys tacked on two more runs in an inning highlighted by a two-run double to right centerfield by Jacob Gleason.
Eden Prairie. however, prevented Osky from scoring in the seventh and picked up the 4-3 win.
Osky plays Grand Island, Neb., today at 6 p.m. at Lacey Recreational Complex in another tourney game.
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