The Alta softball team opened its Northwest Conference season Wednesday with a 6-5 win over Schaller-Crestland in Early.
Alta led 5-2 after the second inning, but the Wildcats chipped away at the lead, scoring single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings for a 5-5 tie after five frames.
Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh innings, but Alta scored a single run in the top of the eighth and Cyclone pitcher Jessy Bibler shut down Schaller-Crestland in the bottom of the eighth.
Bibler allowed just three hits, but the Cyclones committed five errors behind her. Just one of S-C's runs was earned, as Bibler struck out 12 and walked just two.
Offensively for the Cyclones, leadoff hitter Jahde Hammer singled and scored a run, while Brooke Schroeder singled and scored, as did freshman Kelsie Peterson. Sam Hamer also singled and scored for Alta.
The Cyclones took advantage of ten walks and two Schaller-Crestland errors, but stranded 13 runners.
In its season opener May 29, Alta was no-hit by all-state pitcher Katie Brown in a 6-0 loss to Spirit Lake.
The Cyclones had just three baserunners, two who drew walks and another who reached on an error. Hammer and Megan Suhr drew the bases on balls.
Brown struck out 19 Alta hitters, and the Indians scored once in the first, twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
Bibler pitched well against the Class 3A power Indians, yielding just six hits while striking out eight and walking four.