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Conference races heat up, SC and Alta winning big

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Goslinga no- hits Mustangs

Sioux Central 16,

Newell-Fonda 0

PETERSON - Monday's Northwest Conference game between Sioux Central and Newell-Fonda saw a total of 15 hits and 16 runs.

Sioux Central had them all.

Stuart Goslinga tossed a no-hitter, walking two and striking out five in five innings, and the Rebels turned in a nearly flawless offensive performance in a 16-0 victory.

"Stuart stepped up and kept them off balance. He had a really nice game tonight," said Sioux Central Jeff Scharn. "He threw 49 pitches in four innings, so he did it the right way, too. He had his curveball working and he overpowered them with his fastball."

Sioux Central, whose 15 hits included five doubles, scored one run in the first inning, two in the second, seven in the third and six in the fourth.

"Every ball was hard hit. There were no bloop singles or bunts there," Scharn commented.

Goslinga helped himself out in the bottom of the first with a 2-out RBI double to take the lead.

After an Andy Saunders double, Trevor Tiefenthaler produced a 2-out RBI single in the bottom half of the second. Tiefenthaler stole second and scored on a single from Jason Richter.

Saunders added another double in the third, driving in two runs with his second of the game. Tiefenthaler, Richter and Colin Hogrefe all had run-scoring singles in the third.

Richter, Sioux Central's sophomore shortstop, was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Hogrefe went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Saunders and Tiefenthaler were 2-for-3, Goslinga and Will Franzmeier were 2-for-2.

Sioux Central improved to 12-9 overall, 5-2 in the Northwest Conference following the victory.

Alta stops SM in key NW victory

Alta 9, St. Mary's 2

Alta - It was close most of the way, but St. Mary's couldn't quite solve Alta's ace Austin Stille, and the Cyclones unleashed a five-run show in the fifth to put a key Northwest Conference victory in the bag.

Both teams came in with only one league loss.

Alta had 11 hits, to just two for the Panthers, but Alta pitcher Stille struggled with control at times, walking nine and hitting one batter. Each team had two errors.

Alta scored a run in the first, SM answered with one in the second. Alta added three scores in the second, and SM scored once in the third to make it 4-2.

Stille went the distance for the Cyclones. Ryan Drey started for SM and gave up 10 hits, five walks and nine runs, striking out four. Brendan Smith relieved for the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up one hit.

Alta continued to play longball, Jake Bibler bashing a two run homer in the second, and Ben Stevens a three-run shot in the fifth. Bibler, Jack Mills, Scott Radke and Jeremy Lambert had a pair of hits each.

Michael Ivey and Jon Foell had SM's hits, Ivey singling in Doug Dimig in the second, and Alec Kestel scoring on a walk, a balk and a pair of throwing errors in the third.

"Austin had to work hard, but he kept battling for us. Aside from a couple of throwing errors, our defense was perfect," Alta Coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "This was another solid team effort."

"We hung in there until the 5th, down only two runs. Unfortunately we weren't able to stay away from the big inning," SM Coach Ryan Berg said. "Alta hit the ball well and we weren't able to capitalize when we did get people on base."

#7-ranked Alta improved to 21-3, 7-1 in the Northwest. The Panthers are now 10-10, 7-2 in the conference race.

Alta homers stun H-LP

Alta 17, Harris Lake Park 10

ALTA - It was offense in bunches Tuesday night as the Cyclones outhit HLP 17-10 in seven innings.

Alta started fast, with Ben Stevens' three-run homer contributing to a five run first inning. HLP closed it to 5-4 in the second, and each team added four runs in the third, Alta with a two-run Scott Radke round-tripper. The Cyclones poured on seven runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.

Ryan Friedrich gave up seven hits for Alta in 2 1/3 innings of work. Schuyler Radke came on to finish, throwing strikes and scattering seven more hits. HLP had seven errors.

Austin Stille had five hits for Alta, Ben Stevens drove in five runs. Jack Mills, Austin Stille, Jeremy Lambert and Cody Nesbitt each had two hits.

SL offense struggles against ELC

Estherville-Lincoln Central 4, Storm Lake 2

ESTHERVILLE - Storm Lake's Brendan Miller did his part, holding ELC to just five hits in six innings, but the Tornadoes again struggled to find the hitting to complement its team speed.

ELC won 4-2, as Storm Lake had just four hits, DH Jeff Kofmehl's double going down as the lone extra-base knock. Michael McCabe, Courtney Goodchild and Tony Pertzborn each had a hit.

Miller struck out four and gave up just one earned run in the loss, while 15-4 Storm Lake gave up three errors. The Tornadoes are ranked #7 in 3A.



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