North Scott rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Oskaloosa 3-2 in eight innings Tuesday (7/23) in the Class 4A State softball tournament in Fort Dodge.
The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI hits from Abby Braundmeier and Maddie Haines. After a lead off single by Taylor Wills in the second, North Scott changed pitchers and the Indians didn’t get another hit the rest of the game.
Oskaloosa’s Hayle Hacker kept North Scott scoreless through five innings, thanks to some great defense. In the first inning with a runner on third and no one out, North Scott’s Brooke Kilburg bunted into the air. Indians first baseman Ava Vande Wall raced in to catch the ball and then threw to third to double off the runner for a double play.
North Scott would tie the game with two out in the bottom of the sixth. A single and a walk were followed by a two run double by Lancers catcher Rachel Anderson that tied the game 2-2.
The game went to extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, a bunt single by Kate Hayes, a sacrifice and an error on another bunt put runners on second and third. The next batter was walked intentionally to load the bases. North Scott’s Sam Lee flied out to center. Maleah Walker threw home, but Hayes slid home safely on a very close play with the winning run.
The Indians are now 25-15 on the year. They’ll play Little Hawkeye Conference for Dallas Center-Grimes Wednesday (7/24) at 1pm in a consolation game. You can hear the game on KBOE-FM and KBOEradio.com with coverage starting around 12:45pm.