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Newell-Fonda plays with increased enthusiasm

Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Newell-Fonda Mustangs baseball team moved to 16-11 overall and 8-3 in the Northwest Conference after a pair of 10-run, six-inning home triumphs early this week.

The Mustangs beat Schaller-Crestland 13-3 Monday, then ousted Ruthven-Ayrshire 17-7 Tuesday in non-league play.

Matt Spaulding earned the win against S-C, with three runs, four hits, three walks and 10 strikeouts in six innings.

N-F out-hit the Wildcats 14-4.

"This was a nice win for our club. We played with some emotion and enthusiasm tonight, two things we had been lacking the last week or so," Mustangs skipper Jim Miller said. "Matt Spaulding threw the ball very well. His 10 strikeouts took some pressure off of our defense. We hit the ball well tonight. Our guys are starting to stay back on the ball and hit it where it is pitched."

N-F plated two runs in the first inning, five in the second, two in the fourth and four more in the sixth, while the Wildcats scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Chris Duitsman went 3-for-3 for N-F, while teammates Tyler Wells, Tom Johnson and Nathan Miller each bagged two hits. All four hit a double, and Wells and Duitsman drove in three and two runs, respectively.

N-F's Jack Reis recorded the hill victory against R-A, going five innings with six runs, nine hits, three walks and eight strikeouts.

James Tiedeman closed shop with one run and three hits allowed in one inning.

"We swung the bats very well tonight. Defensively we were solid. Jack Reis and James Tiedeman gave us quality innings on the mound," Miller said.

Johnson had a monster game, going 5-for-5 with a home run, a double and four RBIs.

B.J. Baskerville was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Wells finished 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and three RBIs.

The Mustangs led just 3-2 after 1 1/2, but they scored two in the second, five in the third, five in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

R-A had just one less hit than the Mustangs, who had 13, but still lost by 10, unraveling with eight errors.

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