OSKALOOSA — Creston’s (15-4, 11-1 Hawkeye 10) softball team opened their 2022 appearance at the Indian Classic with a 6-3 victory over the host Oskaloosa Indians (7-12, 5-7 Little Hawkeye) on Saturday.
Six Panthers recorded a hit in the victory, and senior Morgan Driskell led the way with a home run.
“It was one of those games early on that you wonder about,” Creston coach Mike McCabe said. “Seemed like we were always finding a way to give them runners. Of the three runs, only one was earned, the home run.”
Oskaloosa lit up their home scoreboard first when senior catcher Alexis Price hit a solo shot home run to left field in the bottom of the second inning.
Freshman Mila Kuhns got the scoreboard to reflect a run for Creston after Jersey Foote drove her in with an RBI double in the top of the third.
Aubrey Boender scored her first run of the day in the bottom of the third.
Creston sophomore catcher Ava Adamson doubled in the top of the fourth inning, and earned a run shortly thereafter tied the game at 2.
Boender scored her second run in the bottom of the fifth.
Driskell’s solo shot home run knotted the game at 3 in the top of the sixth inning.
“It seemed like every time we fought back, we gave it back to them,” McCabe said. “We were finally able to take a lead, and hold them at bay in the bottom of the sixth.”
Halle Evans led off the hitting for the Panthers in the seventh inning, and singled. Kralik pinch ran for Evans and advanced to second base after Kuhns sacrifice bunted.
Gracie Hagle drove in Kralik with an RBI single. Jersey Foote singled after Hagle did and power hitter Nevaeh Randall drove them both home.
Keely Coen got the win and struck out three, walked one and allowed five hits.
“I was very impressed with Creston, they showed why they’re ranked that high in the state,” Oskaloosa coach Jay Harms said. “I’ve known Mike for a long time and he’s been coming down to our tournament and we appreciate him coming down. I’m just really impressed with the way the swung the bats.”