Granville Spalding, just two years removed from a Class 1A state championship, broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning and edged St. Mary's here Tuesday night in the 2006 opener for both teams.
Panther ace righthander Andy Dahm pitched the first five innings and yielded just four hits and two runs, just one of which was earned.
Senior Nate Gessner took the loss, allowing the three runs in the sixth inning.
"I was pleased with the way we played for the most part," said St. Mary's baseball coach Ryan Berg. "We played good defense and even though we got just four hits, we put the ball in play and didn't strike out much. Our hitting will get better as we get more at-bats."
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Dahm. Spalding tied it in the fourth with a single run and went up 2-1 in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, St. Mary's scored on a sacrifice fly by Alec Kestel to knot the score at two.
Spalding Catholic scored three times in the top of the sixth, with the Panthers scoring one in the bottom of the seven the bottom of the seventh on an RBI-single by Ryan Drey.
Newell-Fonda 21, Pocahontas Area 4
Banging out 17 hits, and taking advantage of most of them, the Newell-Fonda High baseball team opened its season here Tuesday with a 21-4 win over Pocahontas Area.
Junior righthander Matt Spaulding got the mound victory, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out seven in five innings of work. Pocahontas' Erik Frances took the loss.
"This was a good opener for our club," said Newell-Fonda coach Jim Miller. "We hit the ball very well up and down the lineup."
Miller added that his team was also solid defensively.
"Matt really settled in and pitched a solid game after giving up three runs on four hits in the top of the first," he added. "I really liked our club's attitude after we fell behind by three in the first inning."
The Mustangs scored all the runs they needed with six in the bottom of the first. They added two in the second, eight in the third and five more in the fourth.
Leading the Newell-Fonda hit parade was Travis Wells, who went 4 for 4 with a double, three singles, a walk and three RBI.
Nathan Miller was 3 for 4 with three singles, own walk and three RBI. Tom Johnson was 3 for 5 with a double, single, two walks and two RBI. B.J. Baskerville went 2 for 3 with a double, single and five RBI.
Southern Cal-RCL 8, Alta 6
Southern Cal-Rockwell City-Lytton scored two runs in the top of the eighth innning in Alta Monday night, edging the Cyclones 8-6 in eight innings.
Alta had scored once in the first, once in the third and two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as the game was tied at six after seven innings.
"We left far too many runners on base," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "Our hitting just wasn't up to par with track and golf having good seasons we just haven't had the batting practice we've needed. I'm confident we'll improve."
Alta righthander Paul Allerdings went the first four innings, yielding five runs in five hits and three walks. He struck out one and hit two batters.
Scott Radke faced two batters and walked both, and Russ Hinkeldey took the loss, going the last four innings. He yielded three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four.