Melanie Sullivan’s two out single to right field in the bottom of the 7th inning capped off a furious comeback by the Knoxville Softball Squad over Oskaloosa 5-4 as heard live on 95.3 KNIA. Knoxville was able to get runners on base in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings but could not get any of them home. Oskaloosa finally struck in the 4th inning to take a 1-0 lead, and added to that to go up 2-0 in the top of the 6th. Knoxville would get a run back in the bottom of the 6th when Brittany Bacorn singled home Sullivan. The Panthers fell behind 4-1 heading into the bottom of the 7th when Knoxville started to come alive when Hannah Dunkin hit a single then moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt. Emma Dunkin hit her younger sister home to make it 4-2, Ashlyn Finarty doubled home Emma Dunkin, which set the stage for Sullivan’s heroics. Coach Carla Smith told KNIA/KRLS Sports the girls started to believe in the 7th.
“Our energy was so much better in the last half of the 7th it didn’t matter what we did, we just put the ball in play and found some holes.”
Ciara Heffron got the win going the distance scattering six hits and four walks. Knoxville is now 1-1 and will travel to Davis County tonight.
The Knoxville Baseball Squad split a doubleheader with Oskaloosa on Tuesday night winning game one 7-4 but dropping the nightcap 5-4. Carson Uitermarkt went four innings to earn his first career varsity win. In game two, the Panthers held a 3-0 lead in the 4th inning only to see the Indians score five runs in the top of the 5th and the Panthers never recovered. Niko Lacona led things off on the mound for Knoxville going 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on two hits and striking out one. Dakota Ramsey threw 2 2/3 innings out of the bullpen taking the loss. Evan Eck and Bode Cox each went 2/4 with an RBI. Knoxville is now 2-1 on the season and will start South Central Conference play tonight at Davis County.