Alta's surge continues
Joe Fitzgerald fired a two-hitter on the mound and also delivered a two-run triple at the plate to help lead Storm Lake St. Mary's to a 6-1 win over Albert City-Truesdale in Northwest Conference play on Thursday night at Memorial Field.
Fitzgerald walked two and struck four over seven innings.
Eric Wordekemper had two hits, including an RBI double. Kevin Brown also had two hits, as did John Mach. Ryan Gessner and Tim Brown each delivered an RBI single for the Panthers, now 8-2 in the league and 12-8 overall.
Caleb Garberding took the loss. He allowed 10 hits, five earned runs, walked one and struck out three over six innings of work. Garberding clubbed a solo home run for AC-T's only run.
"We got a well-pitched ballgame from Joe and our defense played pretty well behind him," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We did a nice job of stringing a bunch of hits together in the sixth inning to get three insurance runs and increase our lead."
Sac City 7
Steve Steiger's double in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game-winning run and capped a five-run rally as Sac City slipped past Schaller-Crestland in a Northwest Conference game played on Thursday night at Early.
Schaller-Crestland led 5-2 after six innings before the Indians rallied. Bill Kilbride clubbed a two-run home run to highlight the inning.
Nathan Johnson took the loss for the Wildcats, now 1-9 in the league and 5-13 overall. He allowed 10 hits, six earned runs, walked two and struck out seven.
Schaller-Crestland had just six hits in the game, including two by Calvin Kluver. He drove in two runs and scored two runs.
Andy Determan had a double and one RBI, while Brandon Scadden delivered an RBI single. Evan Johnson and Jay Voss each had a single.
The hits - and runs - just keep on coming for the Alta baseball team.
Jake Galligan and Jamie Hammer each collected three hits to power a 13-hit attack as Alta routed Pomeroy-Palmer in a Northwest Conference game played on Thursday night at Pomeroy.
Alta has scored 45 runs in the last 15 innings of play.
Dru Leyden and Jim Braunschweig each had two hits and three RBIs apiece. Leyden crushed a two-run home run and Braunschweig drove in three runs with a double. Josh Droegmiller slugged a solo home run.
Braunschweig scored three runs. Heath Glienke delivered a two-run double and Hammer and Thomas Allerdings each had an RBI single.
Hammer was the winning pitcher. He allowed four hits, three earned runs, walked four and struck out one over five innings of work.
Alta took advantage of nine Pomeroy-Palmer errors.
Alta is now 7-3 in the league and 15-7 overall. The Cyclones play in the Twin River Valley Tournament today in Gilmore City.
"This has been a real offensive week for us," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "Hopefully, we saved a few runs for the tournament (today). The guys are playing real well now."
Battle Creek-Ida Grove 1
Kyle Stauter, Jason Ripke and Blake Rieman collected three hits apiece to help send Newell-Fonda to an easy win over Battle Creek-Ida Grove on Wednesday night at Ida Grove.
The Mustangs held a 5-1 lead when they scored 10 runs in the fifth inning to break it open.
Newell-Fonda had 17 hits in the game. Beau Artist and Kurt Olsen each had two apiece. Stauter drove in four runs, Ripke three and Olsen two. Stauter had a triple and Ripke a double.
David Miller was the winning pitcher. He allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out nine.
Newell-Fonda improved its record to 15-4 overall.
AC-T 9, Pomeroy-Palmer 0
Jake Heuton clubbed two home runs, and Brandon Erickson scattered six hits in going the distance to help Albert City-Truesdale knock off Pomeroy-Palmer in a Northwest Conference game at Albert City.
The Hurricanes had 11 hits in the game, including three by Brian Aronson. Heuton slugged a two-run shot and added a three-run homer to finish with five RBIs.
Josh Hyde cracked a solo home run, his seventh of the year. Justin Reed and Tyler Hogrefe each had an RBI single. Heuton and Hyde each had two hits apiece.
Aronson, Heuton, Hyde and Tim Hogrefe all scored two runs apiece.
Erickson allowed six hits, walked one and struck out nine over seven innings.
Chad Hustedt collected three hits, and David Cronin and Evan Platt each had two hits as Galva-Holstein rolled past Lawton-Bronson in a Maple Valley Conference game.