Eight Cyclones rapped hits Wednesday in Alta's 13-2, five-inning Northwest Conference baseball win over Sioux Central at Peterson.
Austin Stille was credited with the win, as he scattered two hits and two runs (none earned) to go with no walks and six punch outs in five innings.
"This was a big win for us," said Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig, whose team came one step closer to winning a league title. "I'm really proud of the team effort tonight; everyone was focused and ready to play. Our hitters gave Austin a nice four-run cushion in the first and just kept adding on.
"Austin threw a great game; overall it was a real team victory with everyone contributing."
The Cyclones jumped up 4-0 and didn't look back. They added two in the second, five in the fourth and two in the fifth.
The Rebels scored both of their runs in the second.
Jake Bibler, Jack Mills, Andrew Allerdings and Cody Nesbitt each had two hits for Alta, while Chris Schmitz, Scott Radke, Stille and Paul Allerdings all had one.
Radke hit a three-run homer and Mills also drove in three runs. Schmitz, Bibler, Mills and Andrew Allerdings all doubled, while Nesbitt tripled.
Colin Hogrefe took the loss for Sioux Central, with seven runs (six earned), six hits, one walk, three hit batsmen and three strikeouts in four innings. Catcher Justin Ferguson had a two-run homer for SC, while Cole Buchholz had a hit and scored a run.
Both teams committed three errors.
One night later, Alta beat Pocahontas 6-1 at home.
Jake Syndergaard earned the win for the Cyclones (23-6, 11-1 Northwest). He gave up two hits and no runs while fanning two and walking none in five innings.
Mills came on for two innings, giving up one hit and one unearned run while fanning two and walking one.
"We were a little flat tonight coming off last night's emotional win," Braunschweig said. "Jake didn't have the good pop he normally has on his fastball but did a great job of keeping the ball down and getting a lot of ground ball outs. Offensively we got the job done early, all in all a nice non-conference win."
Alta, which made four errors to Pocahontas' two, jumped up 3-0 after one and scored one more in the third and two final runs in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. Poky scored its only run in the seventh.
Alan Hinkeldey had two hits for the Cyclones, while Schmitz, Bibler, Radke, Stille and Nesbitt all had one. Stille drove in three runs and doubled, while Radke hit a triple.