The Alta High softball team played its best game of the season here Tuesday morning in a 9-2 win over traditionally strong Pocahontas.
Pocahontas scored one run in the bottom of the first, but Alta came back with two in the top of the third for a short-lived 2-1 lead.
Poky added a single run in the bottom of the third for a 2-2 tie.
The game remained scoreless through seven innings, and the Cyclones finally broke a tie by exploding for seven runs in the top of the ninth.
Senior righthander Brooke Sliefert, who went the full nine innings, shut down Pocahontas in the bottom of the ninth or the win.
"We hit the ball well and not once did we give up," said Alta coach Pamela Barnes-DeMuth. "The defense was solid and our hitting was good. It was our best game of the season."
Sliefert yielded just four hits through nine innings and just one of the runs were earned. She walked four and struck out five with one hit batsman.
Sliefert was also the Cyclones' top run producer, as she went 2 for 6 with a triple and 3 RBI. Shortstop Angie Brugman added a 3 for 6 performance while freshman Dee Hinkeldey went 3 for 6 with two RBI.
Each getting one hit were Jen Mahr, Elissa Stevens, Jahde Hamnmer and catcher Jess Hirschman.
The Cyclones opened the week with a 7-2 win Monday night at home over Galva-Holstein.
Barnes-DeMuth was pleased with her teamn's performance Monday..
"The girls played a solid game," she said. "They did an excellent job of fielding and hitting the ball."
Both teams scored twice in the first inning, but the Lady Pirates scored once in the third, once in the fourth and three times in the fifth inning.
Alta's senior righthander Brooke Sliefert took the loss, going the full seven innings and yielding just two earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three.
Alta's Johanna Grieme had a two-run single whle Maggie Lichtenberg went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Each getting one hit were Brugman, Sliefert, Heidi Meyer, Stevens, Hinkeldey and Hammer.
Meyer and Lichtenberg both scored twice for Alta while Stevens, Hinkeldey and Hammer scored single runs.
One of Lichtenberg's hits was a double while Brugman added a triple.