Alta's baseball team raced to its 10th overall win and stayed unbeaten in Northwest Conference action with a hard-fought 11-9 win over tough league foe Sioux Central Friday.
Austin Stille logged the pitching win for the Cyclones (10-4, 5-0 Northwest Conference), who host Manson Northwest Webster today in a JV/Varsity doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m.
In seven innings on the mound, Stille gave up 13 hits, struck out seven and walked one. Six of his nine runs allowed were earned.
He also helped his cause by going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a triple.
"I felt we came out really flat tonight. Austin's fastball was flat and he didn't have his normal pop," said Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig. "Our hitting was a little sluggish until Austin's home run seemed to energize our offense. Austin kept throwing strikes, walking only one and giving our defense a chance to make plays behind him."
Sioux Central made five errors on the night while Alta committed a pair.
The Rebels grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the first inning and went up 4-1 in the second, but Alta answered with five in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth.
Sioux Central added two in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh, but it wasn't enough.
"This turned out to be a real offensive battle and an exciting game to participate in," Braunschweig said. "Our players really gutted it out; this was a needed win if we are going to contend for a conference championship."
Jake Syndergaard laced three hits for Alta, while Chris Schmitz, Jake Bibler and Stille had two each.
Jack Mills, Scott Radke, Andrew Allerdings (who doubled) and Cody Nesbitt had a hit apiece.
After Stille's three RBIs, Schmitz and Radke both had two, and Bibler, Allerdings and Syndergaard all finished with one.
Eight Cyclones scored runs, led by Schmitz (3) and Stille (2).
After 14 games, Allerdings leads the team in hits (22) and RBIs (16).
Radke has the best batting average, at .439, and Bibler and Stille have a co-team-high 19 runs.
In 11 innings pitched, Stuart Goslinga has a 0.0 earned run average, Stille has struck out a team-best 27 batters and is tied for the team lead in wins with Mills (3 each).