Forgive the Storm Lake-St. Mary's baseball team for feeling more than a little snakebitten.
The Panthers played Newell-Fonda to a 5-5 tie through six innings here Thursday night.
But in the top of the seventh, a Mustang runner scored when a St. Mary's outfielder lost a fly ball in the night sky. That turned out to be the gamewinner in N-F's 6-5 win over St. Mary's.
The Panthers banged out 14 hits, but didn't take advantage with runners on.
The Mustangs finished with nine hits, including a two-run single by B.J. Baskerville. Travis Wells was 2 for 4 with an RBI while Tom Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI. Nathan Miller and Chris Duitsman each hit doubles.
"This was another great high school baseball game," said N-F coach Jim Miller. "We swung the bats very well early, but lost our focus and intensity in the middle innings."
The coach added that his catcher, Nathan Miller, made some crucial defensive plays.
"He picked off one runner at third and threw out three Mustang base stealers, including the potential tying run in the bottom of the seventh," coach Miller said.
Peter Olsen started for the Mustangs, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks. Wells threw the next three innings, allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out three. Baskerville pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.
St. Mary's senior Nate Gessner took the loss, going the distance and allowing ten runs (six earned). He yielded ten hits, walked four and struck out five.
Offensively for the Panthers, Andy Dahm and Jon Foell each had three hits, while Jimmy Steward and T.J. Miller hit two singles each. Key hits were a two-run double by Alec Kestel and a two-run single by Ryan Drey.