About 48 hours after helping Alta to wrap up a third-place run at State Track in Des Moines, Jack Mills had traded uniforms to take the mound back in Alta as the Cyclones rattled Rockwell City-Lytton/Southern Cal 14-4 in five innings Monday.
Mills pitched three perfect stanzas, giving up no hits, walks or errors and striking out five of the nine boys he faced to notch a win. Scott Radke came on in middle relief and gave up four runs on a couple of walks, a hit batter and just one RWCL hit. Jeremy Lambert came on for Alta to extinguish the rally, and Jake Syndergaard closed by striking out three of four batters he saw in hitless relief.
Mills helped his own cause at the plate, with a triple and three runs batted in. Jake Bibler offered up a double and a single for two RBI, and Scott Radke drove in three runs on two timely hits. Jeremy Lambert laced two doubles past RWCL as Alta scored early and often - four runs in the first inning, one in the second, three in the fourth, and six runs worth of insurance in their last time up in the fourth.
Each team had two errors.
"This was a good opener for us. Our bats gave our pitching great support, and overall I was pleased with our effort," said Alta Coach Jerry Braunschweig.
Alta improved to 2-0 Tuesday with a 9-5 home win over ranked Remsen St. Mary's, as Mills had three hits and Lambert two RBIs. Austin Stille went the distance for Alta on the mound, giving up seven hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Alta is in action tonight at Odebolt-Arthur and tomorrow faces Okoboji at the field in Milford.