Western Christian 3, Storm Lake 0
HULL - Although Western Christian managed just four hits off Storm Lake senior Ben Seaman, they humbled the #4 ranked Tornadoes 3-0 Monday.
WC got its runs early. Storm Lake had a few opportunities, with three hits including a Courtney Goodchild double, four more baserunners walked on, and four stolen bases, but lacked the key hit at the right moment.
"We were just not focused, and we are a team that is usually ready to play," designated hitter Jeff Kofmehl said. "Maybe this is good for us, to remind us that we are going to have to be totally focused for every game in this conference."
Seaman was stuck with his first loss of the season, but pitched well enough to normally win a ballgame, striking out eight in six innings, and Storm Lake was error-free on defense.
SLHS had climbed two spots in the state 3A rankings released last week.
"We have some big games ahead. Emmetsburg beat us earlier and we are out to get them, and Cherokee is up two games on us in the conference," Kofmehl said.
Storm Lake 12, Algona 2
ALGONA - The Tornadoes bounced back quickly, busting out with three runs in the first and never looking back as they pounded Algona 12-2.
Freshman Nolan Cone went the distance on the mound, giving up only four hits.
Michael McCabe had three singles and three steals for SLHS. Brendan Miller and Courtney Goodchild each had a pair of hits including a double, as Storm Lake improved to 15-2.
Four straight elevates Rebels in Northwest Conf. tussle
Sioux Central 15, Aurelia 4
PETERSON - Don't look now, but the Rebels are starting to find their groove.
Even with an abundance of youth, Sioux Central won its fourth straight game and improved to 4-1 in the Northwest Conference Monday, staying atop the league standings with a 15-4 win over Aurelia in five innings.
"I'm very happy with the game. We continue to get some more good at-bats at the plate," said Sioux Central head coach Jeff Scharn. "If we do that and put the ball in play, good things continue to happen for us."
The Rebels, who scored two runs in the bottom of the first in Peterson, trailed briefly after giving up a 3-run home run in the top of the second.
Sioux Central didn't let Aurelia's lead stand for long, scoring six runs of its own in the second before adding one in the third and five more in the fourth.
Colin Hogrefe and Stuart Goslinga each had a pair of doubles Monday. Goslinga drove in runs with doubles in the first and second innings. Hogrefe had 2-run doubles in the second and fifth.
Hogrefe finished 3-for-5 with five RBI, giving him a team-best 26 RBI and .509 batting average.
The senior earned the win on the hill, giving up four runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out seven in five innings of work.
"He was not very happy with himself," Scharn said of his ace. "He let a couple balls hang up there against some kids who shouldn't have gotten hits against him."
"Defensively we made a couple mistakes early, but we buckled down and played pretty well in the field," Scharn said.
Sioux Central improves to 9-6 overall. The Rebels host conference co-leader Alta Thursday.
#7 Alta rips a 15-run inning
Alta 17, Schaller-Crestland 2
ALTA - An outmanned Wildcats team with just 12 players in their dugout briefly jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the newly # 7-ranked Cyclones' offense was relentless Monday night. Alta rammed across 15 runs in the bottom half of the inning, and then adding two in the second. S-C's second run came in the third frame as the game ended after the Wildcats' ups in the top of the fourth.
Jack Mills picked up the win, pitching three innings of two-hit ball, walking two and striking out five for Alta. Austin Stille pitched the fourth with a save, as Alta got playing time for several reserves.
It wasn't a thing of beauty, with five SC errors and three by Alta.
The Cyclones spread around the offensive wealth, with nine players getting hits, but only two having more than one - Austin Stille with three base knocks and three RBIs, and Cody Nesbitt with two hits and two RBIs. Catcher Jake Bibler knocked out a double and Mills, who is hitting .500 on the season, pounded a triple as Alta moves to 16-3 on the season and 4-1 in the Northwest Conference.
* Alta defeated Aurelia Friday night in Aurelia, in a 15-12 outburst. Mills got the win and Jake Syndergaard the save as four pitchers combined for Alta.
Chris Schmitz and Cody Nesbitt each stole five bases as Alta had a total of 15 steals in the wild contest. Jake Bibler and Austin Stille each blasted solo homers, and Nesbitt had three hits on the night.
"It was the first game I can remember where we gave up 15 walks and still won a game," Alta Coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "Our speed on the bases made the difference."
* Alta beat Manson Northwest Webster 11-6 Saturday at the Galva-Holstein Invitational Saturday. They trailed 5-4 after three, but knocked in four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Schuyler Radke, relieving Jake Syndergaard, got the win, despite a pair of Alta errors. Mills had four hits including a pair of doubles, Austin Stille and Scott Radke each had three hits and Jake Bibler a solo homer.
* Alta went on to beat Galva-Holstein in the tournament final, 15 -3, in control throughout. Radke picked up where he left off in the first game, getting the win with four innings of four-hit ball, relieved by Christian Weiland.
Once again Alta's offense provided a storm of run support, with two homers and six RBIs for Austin Stille, while four other Cyclones had multiple hits.