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Panther nine edges Wildcats; gains some tourney momentum

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

The Storm Lake-St. Mary's baseball team defeated Schaller-Crestland 2-1 here Saturday in a game that started June 24 but was called because of rain.

The Panthers scored once in the second, and added the gamewinner in the fourth. The Wildcats rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh before falling a run short.

"This is two games in a row that we have won by one run and the opponent had the tying and winning runs on base in the final inning," SL-SM coach Ryan Berg said. "We need these kinds of pressure situations to prepare us for districts.

"It is great to see that we have come through in these tough positions to pick up wins," he added.

Senior Andy Dahm pitched the first four innings, not allowing a run on two hits, one walk and one strikeout.

Jimmy Steward picked up a save, going the last three innings, allowing just S-C's seventh-inning run. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out three.

According to Berg, Schaller-Crestland had runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth. The next three hitters were retired in order with no runs scoring.

The Wildcats had runners on first and third in the seventh with two outs. Steward got senior Adam Barlow to line right back to him to end the game.

Offensively for the Panthers, Jeff Foell went 2 for 2 with an RBI double in the second. Nate Gessner was 1 for 2 and Ryne Paterson 1 for 4.

On offense for the Wildcats, Brian Bode went 3 for 3 with a triple, while Tory Johannsen and Nick Hansen each hit singles.

"Our team never gave up," said Wildcat coach Lance Ploeger. "We just need to have our players do the job when we get runners in scoring position."

Jon Grundmeier pitched the last three innings, with Tim Langner going the first four and taking the mound loss.

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