Jason Ripke threw a five-hitter and hit doubles at the plate for Newell-Fonda as the Mustangs never looked back from an early 7-0 lead to defeat Storm Lake on Tuesday night, 7-2.
Newell-Fonda jumped on Storm Lake starting pitcher Phil Smith early, scoring three runs in both the first and third innings to grab an early 6-0 lead. The Mustangs then added an insurance run in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 7-0.
Storm Lake managed to put together a rally in the sixth inning to make it a 7-2 ballgame, but Ripke was able to quiet the Tornado bats in the seventh to pick up the complete game victory.
The Tornadoes face Sheldon tonight and will play Emmetsburg on Monday night at home.
Storm Lake 13
Spirit Lake 3
Ryan Brock went 4-4 with three RBI and the Storm Lake baseball team pounded out 12 hits as it went on to defeat Spirit Lake, 13-3, in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday night.
Brady Miller was 2-2, scored two runs and had one RBI, Jesse Smith was 1-3 with three RBI and Jeff DeHaan was 2-4 and scored twice to pace the Tornado attack.
Nick Sorbe pitched four innings and gave up five hits for Storm Lake, while Adam Thompson threw the final two innings for the Tornadoes.
Storm Lake trailed by one run after one inning, but scored four in the third and fourth innings and three in the fifth to collect the win.
Storm Lake 8
Spirit Lake 1
Tom Behm threw his third complete game victory as Storm Lake used a six-run third inning to win the nightcap of the Monday doubleheader, 8-1.
Behm gave up only two hits and struck out a career-high nine hitters in the game. He now has an ERA of 1.00 in 21 innings pitched this season.
Ryan Brock was 1-1 with three walks to go 8-8 in the doubleheader, and Brady Miller had two doubles and scored twice for Storm Lake.
Storm Lake St. Mary's 4
Denison scored four runs with two out in the third inning and seven in the overall frame to win a non-conference duel at home with St. Mary's, 13-4.
St. Mary's scored three runs in the first, but Denison plated four in the bottom of the opening inning to take the lead for good in the game.
Billy Mach went four innings and allowed 12 runs, but only five of those were earned, and Panther head coach Ryan Berg said his team needed to work on defensive communication more.
"We're still working on our communication and making sure that balls are thrown to the right spots at the right times," Berg said. "We hit the ball much better at the plate, because they threw a good pitcher against us, but we threw it around too much in the field."
Manson NW Webster 4
Schaller-Crestland pitcher Calvin Kluver threw all nine innings for the Wildcats and had the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth as Schaller-Crestland beat Manson NW Webster at Early, 5-4.
The Wildcats drew 11 walks and rapped out six hits against Manson NW Webster pitching.
Sioux Central 13
Sioux Central scored five in the first and four in the third to win the opening game of a doubleheader against Pomeroy-Palmer Monday night.
Sioux Central 28
Ten Rebel players collected hits in a 28-4 rout of Pomeroy-Palmer in the nightcap.