Newell-Fonda and Aurelia butted heads Friday at Aurelia in Northwest Conference baseball action, with the Mustangs coming out on top by a 14-3, five-inning tally.
Kane Koster got the win for N-F, which pounded out 14 runs on six hits. Newell-Fonda made three errors but capitalized on eight walks and five errors by the Bulldogs.
In five innings, Koster allowed three runs (none earned) on two hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
The Mustangs trailed 3-0 after two innings before scoring five in the third, seven in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
"Kane settled in and pitched a very good game after a shaky first inning," said Newell-Fonda coach Jim Miller. "We did not swing the bats real well, but we got timely hits with runners in scoring position. Defensively we have struggled most of the year, but we were much better tonight."
Tom Johnson plated three runs for N-F, while Daniel Wells, Nathan Miller and Chris Duitsman each drove in two. All had one hit, as did Koster.
Bulldogs starter Tanner Winterhof gave up 10 earned runs and five walks while fanning three in taking the loss. Teammate Jared Bruce pitched one inning, giving up one earned run and striking out two.
Winterhof had both of Aurelia's hits, including a double in the first that knocked in Bruce and Camrin Meyer. Winterhof also scored a run, and Matt Todd had two walks.
Through June 24 Winterhof led the team with a .415 batting average and 10 RBIs. Bruce had the most hits, with 18, and was batting .367, second best for the Bulldogs. Meyer was batting .289 with five RBIs and 13 hits.
The next day, Saturday, N-F traveled to the Estherville-Lincoln Central Tournament and lost a pair of games to drop to 14-11 on the year and remain 7-3 in the Northwest.
In Round 1 the 'Stangs fell to North Sentral Kossuth, the state's top-ranked 1A club, 14-2 in five innings.
"They have a good ballclub. They are fundamentally sound both offensively and defensively," Miller said of NSK.
Spaulding absorbed the loss, with nine runs (four earned), four hits, four walks and three strikeouts in three innings.
Koster, B.J. Baskerville, Duitsman and Johnson each had a hit.
Laurens-Marathon beat N-F 13-9 in the consolation game which was limited to six innings.
The Mustangs led 8-1 after two innings but the Chargers responded with four runs in the third and eight in the sixth.
"This was a tough loss for our club. Our infield defense has been very poor all season and today was more of the same," said Miller. "We committed eight errors which led to 12 unearned runs. We had two or three opportunities in the last inning to make plays that would have won the game and we could not make the play."
James Tiedeman took the loss for Newell, with five runs, two hits, no walks and no strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.
Wells went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Josh Winkel finished 2-for-4.