A 13-run inning is what coaches pray for in the playoffs, at least when his team is hitting.
That's what Newell-Fonda coach Del Rieman got here Wednesday night, as his Mustangs erupted for 13 runs in the third inning and went on to cruise past Laurens-Marathon 17-0 in five innings in a district quarterfinal baseball game.
Seventeen players batted for Newell-Fonda in the inning, as the team nearly batted arond twice.
In the big inning, the Mustangs were paced by shortstop Matt Stauter, who started the scoring in the rally with a two-run single and later had another two-run single in the frame.
Meanwhile, Newell-Fonda's junior righthander Tim Seagren threw a 1-hitter at the Chargers, who just never got going offensively or defensively. They made 7 errors overall, including four in the crucial third inning.
Seagren struck out six and walked just one.
Offensively, Stauter was 2 for 3 with four RBI while catcher Joe Miller was 2 for 2, also with four RBI.
Newell-Fonda's offense was efficient, as it scored the 16 runs on 14 hits and left just three runners stranded.
Laurens-Marathon's Brandon Arndt took the loss. He worked a trouble free first inning but worked out of trouble in the second by getting a double play with no outs and men on first and second.
N-F's Jake Schnell started the big third inning off with a hard hit single and after two walks, Stauter drilled a line shot into the outfield for a 2-0 lead and the scoring carousel was on.
With the win, Newell-Fonda improved to 25-6 on the season and moves on to the district semis Friday, where it will meet surprising Clay Central-Everly.
Clay Central Everly beat Albet City-Truesdale Monday night 11-0 in five innings.
With the loss, the Chargers ended their season at 10-10.