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Wildcat nine gets key NW win over Sac City

Thursday, June 10, 2004

The Schaller-Crestland High baseball team improved to 5-3 overall here Tuesday night with a 12-2 win in five innings over Manson Northwest Webster.

Monday night, meanwhile, the Wildcats improved to 3-1 in the Northwest Conference with a 5-4 win over Sac City in nine innings.

In Tuesday's game against Manson Northwest-Webster, the Wildcats broke the game open with nine runs in the bottom of the first and were never threatened after that.

Senior lefthander Jim Alesch went the distance on the mound for Schaller-Crestland, giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two.

Big hits in the nine-run first for S-C included two run singles by Tyler Shell and A.J. Dahm. Dahm went 2 for 3 in the contest while Adam Barlow was 2 for 3 with two RBI as well.

"Jim pitched well and threw strikes," said Schaller-Crestland baseball coach Jeremy Langner. "We did a good job hitting in the first inning but want to be more consistent with our hitting throughout the game. It was a nice win; we want to do well in our non-conference games."

Meanwhile, Monday night, it was a thriller in Sac City.

The Indians led 2-1 after the first inning and led 3-2 after two. Sac City added a run in the fourth to go up 4-2, but the Wildcats fought back to force extra innings with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The game remained tied until the top of the ninth inning. In that frame, Tim Langner opened with a single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brady Struchen.

A.J. Dahm then hit a fielder's choice and Langner was thrown out at third. But Brian Bode followed with a single that sent Dahm all the way to third. Dahm came home on a clutch single by Nathan Johnson.

Tim Langner went the first eight innings and pitched well, giving up seven hits. Just two of the four runs he allowed were earned.

Alesch was 3 for 3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Schaller-Crestland. Bode was 2 for 5 with a double and two runs-scored while Shell hit an RBI double.

Righthander Nathan Johnson pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save, according to coach Langner.

"This was a big win for us," the coach said. "We lost one in nine innings against Sioux Central last week so winning this has got to give us confidence that we can win the close games."



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