B.J. Baskerville picked up a complete-game win on the mound as Newell-Fonda's baseball team improved to 17-11 overall and 9-3 in the Northwest Conference Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Storm Lake St. Mary's.
In seven innings of work Baskerville allowed one run and five hits while walking one and fanning three.
"This was a very good high school baseball game. Both pitchers threw strikes and both teams played excellent defense," Mustangs coach Jim Miller said. "Baskerville is a great competitor. He has been battling a sore shoulder for two weeks and he continues to take the ball and he gives us quality innings. He did not have his best stuff tonight, but his control and mound presence was great.
"We have been focusing on our infield defense this week and I was glad that we played very well tonight."
The Mustangs, who out-hit SLSM 9-5, got two hits each from Chris Duitsman and Matt Spaulding. Duitsman had four RBIs for N-F, which jumped up 2-0 after one inning and then scored two more in the fifth before the Panthers scored their lone run in the seventh frame.
The Panthers played a fairly solid game but were plagued with a case of at 'em balls, their coach Ryan Berg said.
"We kept their hitters off balance most of the game and we hit a lot of balls hard but just at people," Berg said. "It came down to the fact that they got two crucial two-out hits and we were unable to convert when we had runners in scoring position."
Ryan Drey was credited with the loss, as he threw 5 1/3 innings with four runs (three earned), eight hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
Teammate Alec Kestel came on for 2/3 of a frame, throwing zeros across the board.
The Panthers, who fell to 10-14 (6-7 NWC), scored their run after Michael Ivey led off the seventh with a double, then moved to third on a groundout and reached home on a sac fly by Justin Cullen.
Kestel, Marco Barahona and Ivey all doubled for St. Mary's, and Cullen and Connor Richardson both added a single.
The Panthers are idle until Tuesday, when they host Boyer Valley at noon. The varsity game will be played first.
They'll close the regular season July 5 by hosting Aurelia, and they'll face Aurelia two days later, July 7, at Alta in first-round 1A districts.