Storm Lake 2
STORM LAKE - When a pitcher throws a three-hitter against a ranked powerhouse team on their own field, a celebration is usually about to happen. It is, that is, unless the other team's pitcher throws a two-hitter right back at you.
Newell-Fonda and Storm Lake hooked up in a memorable defensive battle Tuesday night that lingered into an extra inning.
Runs were hard to come by for both teams, as base runners were stranded in scoring position repeatedly by good two-out fielding plays.
Storm Lake pushed across a run in the third, and in the sixth NF answered with one of their own. Neither team gave an inch from there. Finally, Nolan Cone reached on a lead-off single in the eighth for the Tornadoes, stole second; and moved to third as Brendan Miller beat out a throw at first, then stole second. Pitcher Freking took matters into his own hands with a suicide squeeze that allowed Cone to duck between the legs of the NF catcher for the win.
"We didn't have much for hitting, but we ran the bases very aggressively - I think we had 10 or 11 steals. With no outs and guys on second and third in the eighth, we figured we could try the squeeze play twice if we had to," SLHS Coach Bill McCabe said.
Freking of Storm Lake, in a transfer in his frist year here, struck out seven and walked three, going the nine-inning distance with only two Mustangs hitting safely.
"Dylan pitched a heck of a game - he went all nine innings and only threw 101 pitches," McCabe said.
Jordan Voss of NF nearly matched him, going the distance with three hits, two strikeouts and five walks. Voss battled the Tornado hitters, often going to full counts and having hitters way out in front of his offspeed throws.
Michael McCabe had four steals for Storm Lake, and Nolan Cone helped the cause cause with a hit, two steals and one run scored.
Josh Winkel and James Tiedeman accounted for the NF hits, with Winkel driving in the lone run.
Storm Lake is ranked #6 in the state in 3A, and was 10-1 as they headed to LeMars last night.
Newell-Fonda was 2-7 headed into action with St. Mary's last night.
Storm Lake St. Mary's 7
St. Mary's hung on by their fingernails in a wild seventh inning to win their first conference test, 7-6 over Laurens-Marathon.
After struggling for offense in recent outings, the Panthers had hits from seven of nine starters.
They started with an opportunistic first inning, with Jon Foell leading off with a single, Ryan Drey bunting him over and making first on an error, and Evan Smith hitting into a fielder's choice to score Foell, followed by Drey scoring on a wild pitch.
LM kept it close with a run in the second. SM plated two runs in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth, while LM added one in the third and one in the sixth to make it 6-3 headed into the seventh.
Nolan Luhmann and Brendan Smith walked, and Foell was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two out. Luhmann scampered home as Drey reached on an error - with the insurance run St. Mary's was going to need.
LM battled hard in their half of the frame, assisted by a few SM miscues, scoring three runs to come up one short.
Panther coach Ryan Berg noted that his team was fortunate to escape. "We were able to get out of some big jams again, stranding nine of their baserunners."
St. Mary's is 4-5, 1-0 in the Northwest Conference. They host Harris-Lake Park tonight.
FONDA - The Cylones couldn't have asked for a better start to their conference schedule, jumping on Newell-Fonda Monday with three runs in the first inning and five more in the third, while Alta pitcher Jack Mills moved the ball around and hit his locations at will.
The Mustangs tried to come back with a two-run rally in the third, but Alta strung together the hits to add four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Mills gave up just three hits in four innings, and Austin Stille relieved for a one-two-three final inning with two strikeouts. James Tiedeman took the loss for NF.
Eight Cyclones hit safely in the game, led by Scott Radke's four-for-four performance with two RBIs and four runs scored. Austin Stille also had four hits and two runs batted in. Ryan Friederich, Andrew Allerdings and Chris Schmitz all had two hits.
For the Mustangs, Conner Juilfs had a double and an RBI.
Alta improved to 8-2, 1-0 in the Northwest Conference.
East Sac County 3
ALTA - Alta exacted some revenge for their lackluster loss to East Sac in the Storm Lake Tourament opening round last Saturday, nipping them 4-3 in a crowd-pleaser on the Alta diamond Tuesday night.
Alta moves to 9-2 overall, 1-0 conference.
The Cyclones had two runs in the first inning, and East Sac answered with single tallies in the second and third to tie it, and scored in the sixth and seventh to finish strong.
Ben Stevens laced the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh. Jake Bibler added two hits, and Jake Mills an RBI hit.
Schuyler Radke threw a seven-inning two-hitter with just one walk and no earned runs, hitting one batter. Alta survived four errors, while East Sac had two.