Conner Juilfs picked up a key victory Monday as Newell-Fonda's baseball team beat Alta 10-7, handing the Cyclones just their second league loss.
"We have started to play with some emotion, and we are playing our best baseball of the season," said Mustangs coach Jim Miller, whose team improved to 18-11 and 10-3 in the Northwest. "Freshman Conner Juilfs pitched very well and earned his first varsity win. Matt Spaulding came on in the sixth and got us out of a jam, and then struck out the side in the seventh for the save. We hit the ball very well tonight and we got production up and down our lineup."
The Mustangs never trailed and scored three runs apiece in the first and second innings.
Juilfs allowed seven runs and 11 hits while fanning four and walking none in 5 1/3 innings, while Spaulding allowed no runs and a hit while striking out three and walking none in 1 2/3 frames.
Both teams had 12 hits.
Austin Stille took the loss for Alta, with nine hits, five earned runs, four walks and eight strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
"Austin had a tough night on the mound," said Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig. "He really struggled with his control, which seldom happens. The top part of our hitting order along with Cody (Nesbitt) really swung the bats well and kept us in the game, but in the end it wasn't enough. Newell played well and our hats off to them."
Jack Mills and Scott Radke had three hits each for Alta, while Chris Schmitz and Nesbitt both had two, including a homer from Nesbitt. Radke and Nesbitt both drove in two runs.
Nathan Miller paced N-F's offensive attack with a 3-for-4 showing. Tyler Wells and Daniel Wells both had two hits, and Spaulding had one hit and three RBIs.