There's no quit in the Newell-Fonda girls, who rallied from a 4-1 deficit and some shaky defense to nip Spirit Lake 5-4 in eight innings.
"This was a fantastic high school softball game," NF Coach Dick Jungers said. "I was proud of our kids for fighting back and never giving up."
The Mustangs got a run in the second, but Spirit Lake jumped on top with four runs in the third, helped by throwing errors by NF. The Mustangs struggled to put the ball in play, striking out 18 times.
But Becky Seivert gave a steady performance on the mound, giving up just three hits and one earned run while striking out seven over the full eight innings, to keep her team in the game.
In the top of the seventh, N-F showed life with a furious rally to score three runs to tie it 4-4, then squeezed across the winning run in the eighth and held Spirit Lake scoreless for the fifth consecutive inning to preserve the win.
Susan Keis was a terror at the plate, going three-for-four to account for half of her team's hits, including a triple, double, two RBIs and a stolen base. She did everything but drive the bus home.
Lauren Deveraux was 2-2 with a double and an RBI, and Karina Overgaard added a single and a walk plus two stolen bases and two runs scored.
* Newell-Fonda came on late again Friday to beat East Sac County in a 3-2 cliffhanger and remain undefeated at 4-0 on the season.
The Mustangs nudged across a run in the top of the second, and East Sac followed suit in the bottom half. NF added a run in the third and ESC one in the fourth. It remained tied until NF managed a clutch run in the sixth for the win.
Becky Seivert gave up just one hit in the first four innings, but walked four. Lauren Deveraux came on in relief and threw two-hit ball the rest of the way, striking out five and picking up her third win of the season.
East Sac's pitching was almost as good, with NF managing six hits and one walk - but almost all of them fell in timely situations.
Susan Kies was two-for-four with a double. Lauren Devereaux and Kelly Johson each doubled and spanked in a run apiece.
"Our girls kept their poise and focus and found a way to win it," Coach Dick Junger said.
The Mustangs continued their ambitious schedule in the Kingsley-Pierson Tourney over the weekend, blanking Westwood 2-0, falling short with a two-run last-inning rally to lose 4-2 to Odebolt-Arthur, and kicking the stuffing out of Kingsely-Pierson to finish up 11-0 in six innings.
Becky Sievert went the distance in the opener with just two hits and nine strikeouts for her second win; Megan Julifs was tagged with the hard-luck loss in game two; Lauren Devereaux was masterful in a one-hit, 14 strikeout closing performance.
The 6-1 Mustangs are at Southern Cal tonight.
Alta, Bibler on torrid pace
In a classic pitching duel, the Alta girls came with the slightly sharper sword.
Battle Creek Ida Grove's veteran ace Chancey Wilke threw a strong three-hit game, but Alta's Jesse Bibler was even more untouchable, helping her team to a 2-0 win.
The scoreless battle stretched five innings before Alta manufactured its two runs in the sixth. Geneva Heschke singled and moved over on Jordan Henningson's bunt, while an error landed Henningson on first. A couple of sacrifice flies scored them.
Bibler had pitched two complete games without giving up a run. She two-hit BCIG with just one walk and a dozen strikeouts.
Heschke led the Cyclones at the plate, going two-for-three and getting plunked by a pitch to get on base a third time. Bibler was one-for-three with a double and a sacrifice for an RBI.
* The Alta girls took two easy wins in the Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto Tournament Saturday, but inopportune errors ended their four-game winning streak in the third and final game.
Jessy Bibler started the first two games, as the Cyclones cruised 10-4 over Ar-We-Va, then punished Schaller-Crestland 12-0.
MV/A-O humbled the Cyclones 15-3 with frosh Lisa Turnquist and Jordan Henningsen pitching.
"Jessy didn't pitch, but it was some crucial errors at inopportune times that hurt us the most," Alta coach Dave Turnquist said. "We batted and ran the bases well all day."
The Cyclones spread the wealth at the plate throughout the tournament, with Haley Payne rolling up the stats like a gas pump, collecting six hits in nine times up, batting in four runs and crossing the plate herself five times.
Bibler went five-for-seven with four RBIs and scored three times. Geneva Heschke and Hanna Glienke each had four hits and an RBI apiece on the day.
Alta moved to 4-1, and hosts Galva-Holstein on Wednesday.
G-H looks to shore up 'D'
The Galva-Holstein girls will be looking to sew up a few holes in their defense after falling 9-1 to a strong Lawton-Bronson squad Thursday night.
Jaime Christiensen took the loss on the mound, going all seven innings, giving up six hits and only one walk. Seven of LB's nine runs were unearned as the defense faltered to give up big innings.
Filling the holes with more consistent defensive play-making is going to be the theme for the early part of the season as GH hopes to play better than .500 ball, Coach Scott Phelps said.
GH couldn't muster much at the plate against outstanding pitching, aside from Michaela Else's double and RBI, and a double from Brittney Ridder.
GH fell to 2-2.