The St. Mary's baseball team won its fourth straight game Saturday, taking out non-conference foe Kingsley-Pierson 4-2 at Storm Lake.
"Though we still have some areas to make improvements, we are starting to find our rhythm now," said St. Mary's skipper Ryan Berg. "Our confidence and consistency continue to build. Hopefully we can sustain our momentum for the last few weeks of the regular season and be playing even better come tournament time."
St. Mary's jumped ahead early, scoring three runs in the first inning and never looking back. In that frame, Jon Foell was hit by a pitch, Alec Kestel singled and Marco Barahona was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Michael Ivey then walked, which scored Foell, and Ryan Drey walked to score Kestel. Barahona scored on a wild pitch for the Panthers' last run of that inning.
The Panthers scored another run in the second inning when T.J. Miller singled and stole second, and was driven in by a Foell single.
K-P notched both its runs in the fourth and was out-hit 4-2.
Miller earned the pitching win, lasting all seven innings while allowing no earned runs and two hits, and striking out nine and walking two.
Miller, Foell, Kestel and Evan Smith all had hits. Foell added an RBI.
Alta beats Panther baseball team Monday
Alta topped the Storm Lake St. Mary's baseball team 16-1 in five innings Monday in Storm Lake to put a stop to the Panthers' winning streak.
The Panthers had four hits, with one apiece from Foell, Barahona, Smith and Ivey.
Kestel started on the mound for St. Mary's, which fell to 9-13 overall and 5-6 in the Northwest. Kestel, in 2 1/3 frames, gave up seven runs (all earned), to go with eight hits, one strikeout and two walks.
Drey pitched the final 2 2/3 for the black and white, with six of his nine runs earned, and 10 hits, two strikeouts and a walk.
"There really weren't any positives," said Berg, whose team will look to get back on the winning track Wednesday when it travels to Pomeroy-Palmer.
The Cyclones improved to 21-6 on the year and 10-1 in the league.