A top of sixth hitting parade by Alta lifted the team to a 5-1 win over Newell-Fonda here Friday night in a Class 1A district semifinal.
The win advances Alta to the district finals at home tonight against Sac City, which eliminated Schaller-Crestland 10-3 in Early in the other district final Thursday.
Alta was marked as the visitors as Newell-Fonda won the coin toss.
Alta's ace righthander Brad Payne was on his game, as he held the Mustangs quiet at the plate and on the bases. Payne struck out six, allowed 5 hits and one run while going the distance.
N-F's Travis Wells took the loss after five and two-thirds innings,with no strike outs and three walks on the evening. Matt Spaulding finished up in relief.
Anand Hase started the Cyclones out with a double in the first inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice from Chris Schmitz.
Payne lifted a pop out into foul territory, quickly drawing Wells and catcher Nathan Miller away from the plate. Payne notched an RBI on the play, as Hase alertly tagged up and scored for a 1-0 Alta lead.
The Mustangs' Wells laced a single in the third inning and scored on an RBI single from Tom Johnson.
A strong duel kept both offenses quiet over the next four innings.
In the top of the sixth, Alta's sticks dialed in Wells' number with singles from Andrew Allerdings and Jon Weiland.
Pinch runners Jeremy Carlson, Mike Huseman and Allerdings all scored for the Cyclones. Hase had a run-scoring triple during the rally.
"Our team has had a knack for stringing some hits together in almost every game this season," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said after the game.
"We knew this was going to be a war, because Newell-Fonda is a tough baseball team. It was a nice tournament win for us."
N-F's Daniel Wells smacked a double and tried to rally the offense but the Mustangs couldn't muster a threat.
Payne made quick work of the the Mustangs in the last two frames, shutting them down for the rest of the game.
"Brad had his good stuff tonight," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "He was hitting his spots and also hit some corners with his pitches."
Up next for the ninth-ranked Cyclones is Sac City, which lost to Alta twice during the regular season. Braunschweig isn't taking the Indians lightly, however.
"It's going to be the same type of game that we had with Newell-Fonda," the coach. "They gave us two tough games during the regular season and beat both Newell-Fonda and Sioux Central during the season. "We'll have to play well to win," he added.