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Oskaloosa Quartet Highlight Class 3A and 4A All-District Teams

The baseball season was a memorable one for our listening area and the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association have released their All-District teams for 2017.

Today, we’ll take a look at the lists for Class 3A and 4A, with a look at Class 1A and 2A tomorrow.

In Class 3A, the Central District is chock full of area players, led by state qualifier Oskaloosa, who has four players honored.

On the First Team, Osky’s Bennett Spry had a great senior year, and he was listed as the second baseman. Freshman Tyler Miller led the Indians in batting with a .463 average and he was honored as an outfielder on the First Team.

Joining them on the top squad was Pella’s junior catcher Jaden Rolffs, who hit .449 this year. Pella’s Tyler Hillman was listed as a utility player with great batting and pitching numbers this season as a senior.

Knoxville made it to a district final this season, and three of their players were named to the first team. Third baseman Rylan Cox, outfielder Jacob Zuck, and utility Ben Wallace were all honored for their outstanding work for the South Central Conference Champions.

Rounding out the First Team is Grinnell shortstop Ethan Mitchell, who spearheaded a renaissance year for the Tigers.

On the Second Team, Oskaloosa has two more players who made the cut.

Sophomore pitcher Rian Yates had an outstanding season and was one of three pitchers on the team. He’s joined by outfielder Tucker Nunnikhoven, who batted nearly .400 this year while playing great defense.

Knoxville again is well represented with three more players on the second list. Catcher Patrick Crawford, first baseman Cam Liston, and utility Blake McClung were named to the Second Team, which puts two-thirds of the Panther lineup on the All-District Teams for 2017.

Pella’s Caleb Piersma and Grinnell’s Jayden Gibson round out the Second Teamers from our listening area. They are honored as a utility player and catcher, respectively.

In Class 4A, Ottumwa and Newton are the only teams from the area and both are represented in the South Central District.

On the First Team, Ottumwa’s junior catcher Tyler Ward and senior third baseman Austin Shotts received the honor. Ward hit .320 this year for the Bulldogs, while Shotts led the way hitting .480 to wrap up his stellar career.

On the Second Team, two more Bulldogs made the list. Pitcher Jaylon Jones went 5-2 in his junior campaign. He was joined by senior Kane Brumbaugh, who went 5-1 on the mound, including throwing a no-hitter. Brumbaugh was listed as a utility player.

Rounding out the list is Newton senior Trey Vanderlaan, who batted .342 and is listed as the first baseman on the Second Team.

While Oskaloosa was the only team from the area to make it to the State Baseball Tournament, Pella, Knoxville, Grinnell, and Ottumwa all had winning seasons, and Ottumwa played in a substate final.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the Class 1A and 2A All-District Teams, which is full of players from several schools dotting the area.

Oskaloosa To Host First Two Baseball Playoff Games

The baseball brackets for Class 3A and 4A have been released and there aren’t many surprises involving area teams.

The Oskaloosa Indians (23-13) clinched the #1 seed in Class 3A District 12 and will host both of their district games. They draw Chariton (11-17) in the first round on Friday, July 14th at 7 PM. The same day at the Oskaloosa Baseball Field, the Knoxville Panthers (24-7) will face Pella (18-15) at 5 PM in the first game of the doubleheader.

Winners of those two games will face off in Oskaloosa in the District 12 Championship on Monday, July 17th at 7 PM.

In the sister district for District 12, District 11 involves Grinnell (19-14). The Tigers will face Benton (13-23) in the semifinals on July 14th at 5 PM. Their game will be followed by #3 Vinton-Shellsburg (31-3-1) and South Tama (5-26) at 7 PM. Those games are hosted by Vinton-Shellsburg.

The winners will play at Vinton-Shellsburg on Monday, July 17th at 7 PM in the District 11 Championship.

The real question mark coming from these districts was where the location would be for the Substate 6 Final, which would be played between the winners of District 11 and District 12 and would decide a state qualifier. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has spoken, and it will be played at the home field of Vinton-Shellsburg.

That would be quite the trip for Oskaloosa, as Vinton-Shellsburg High School is located an hour and forty minutes to the north. This will be the third consecutive year that Oskaloosa would have to travel to their likely opponents’ home field for a trip to state. In 2015 and 2016, Osky had to face Pella on their home field.

The Substate 6 Final will be played on Wednesday, July 19th at 7 PM.

In Class 4A, Newton (7-25) is in Substate 2 and their first opponent is Ankeny Centennial (23-13) in Ankeny at Northview Middle School on July 14th at 7 PM.

Ottumwa (22-13) is in Substate 3 in Class 4A, and they will host their first round game against Cedar Falls (16-15-1) on July 14th with the possibility of hosting the second round game as well in the six-team bracket.

We’ll have continuous coverage of postseason baseball on the No Coast Network. Be sure to check out any updates and scores on our websites, kboeradio.com and radiokmzn.com.

Oskaloosa Baseball Wins Big Over Washington

The Oskaloosa baseball team ended last week the wrong way, losing two games to conference foe Pella Christian. They bounced back nicely on Monday night, however, as they defeated Washington on the road, 10-2.

The action started quickly for the Indians, as they would plate two runs in the second inning on three hits in a two-out rally. Washington would scratch across a run in the bottom of the second, but Osky was far from building their lead.

The offense was clicking, rapping out nine hits, drawing seven walks, and getting hit by a pitch. The Indians also took advantage of three Washington errors and took several extra bases on wild pitches and passed balls. There was not a 1-2-3 inning against Osky, and they would add a run in the third and fourth and three runs in the fifth and seventh innings to lead 10-1. Washington would push one more across in the bottom of the seventh to get the final score to 10-2.

Charlie Bandstra led Osky going 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored. Alex DeJong went 2 for 4 and had three RBI. Seth Sarver picked up the win on the mound after four strong innings. Nick Harrington and Peyton Crouse both pitched well in relief.

Oskaloosa is now 21-12 on the season and will the July 4th holiday off before hosting Carlisle in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday night. The first varsity game is schedule to begin at 5:30 PM at the Oskaloosa High School Baseball Field.

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