Oskaloosa falls at state in eight

Oskaloosa sophomore pitcher Hayle Hacker is comforted after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss in eight innings to North Scott at the Class 4A state softball tournament in Fort Dodge.

FORT DODGE — The Oskaloosa Indians could not hold on to an early 2-0 lead, dropping a heartbreaking opener at the Class 4A state softball tournament to second-seeded North Scott on Tuesday. Sam Lee’s sacrifice fly to center proved to be just deep enough to score Kate Hayes with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, giving the Lancers a 3-2 win over the Indians.

Abby Braundmeier’s two-our RBI double brought in Meghan Moorman, who opened the game at Kruger Seeds Field with a single. Maddie Harms added a hard-hit RBI single before the opening inning was over to give the Indians a two-run lead.

That lead stayed in tact until the sixth inning. Rachel Anderson then tied the score with a two-run double that was nearly caught in right. The Lancers failed to score the winning run in either the sixth or seventh, but seven no-hit innings of relief pitching by Drew Lewis prevented the Indians from being able to threaten.

Oskaloosa (25-15) will face Little Hawkeye Conference rival Dallas Center-Grimes today to wrap up the season in a Class 4A state consolation game. First pitch on Dodger Field at the Harlan Rogers Sports Complex is set for 1 p.m.

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