Rebels, N-F keep pace
Eric Wordekemper tossed a three-hitter on the mound and went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and drove in a run as Storm Lake St. Mary's routed Alta 14-3 in a Northwest Conference game on Monday night at Alta.
Wordekemper allowed just one earned run, walked three and struck out 13 over five innings to improve his record to 6-2 this season.
Alta had scored 72 runs in its last 27 innings.
Kevin Brown went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, while John Mach was 2-for-3 with a solo home run. Matthew Smith belted a three-run double and Jeff Speers drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.
St. Mary's scored two runs in the first inning and five more in the second to grab a 7-1 lead. The Panthers plated four more in the fifth to make it 14-2.
Matt Page clubbed a solo home run for Alta.
Jamie Hammer took the loss. He allowed eight hits and seven earned runs while walking four and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings.
St. Mary's is now 10-2 in the league and 14-8 overall. Alta is 7-5 in the loop and 17-8 overall.
"I thought we did a nice job of hitting the ball hard and hitting some gaps to get us some big runs early and get the momentum in our favor," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said.
"This was a tough night for us," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "I thought we played hard, but just weren't able to get things going. Jamie struggled with his control at times and our bats weren't able to give him much support."
Wall Lake View-Auburn 4
Wall Lake View-Auburn handed Newell-Fonda a setback in a game on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs had seven hits in the game, including two apiece by Blake Rieman and David Miller. Kyle Stauter had an RBI triple and Kurt Olsen an RBI single.
Miller took the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out six over six innings for the Mustangs, now 19-5 overall.
Sioux Central 9
Albert City-Truesdale 2
Sioux Central erupted for six runs in the third inning to pull away and knock off Albert City-Truesdale in Northwest Conference play on Monday.
The Rebels had nine hits in the game. Eric Ehlers delivered a pair of two-run singles and finished with four RBIs. Kenley Buettner had two hits and one RBI, while Kyle Rehnstrom added two hits. Nate Wittmaack stroked an RBI single.
Andrew Meister was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out eight for the Rebels, now 10-2 in the league and 21-8 overall.
Jason Ripke fired a two-hit shutout as Newell-Fonda blanked Schaller-Crestland in a Northwest Conference game played Monday night at Early.
Schaller-Crestland received a single from Jim Alesch and Jacob Myrtue.
Nathan Johnson took the loss. He allowed five hits, seven earned runs, walked four and struck out four in 2 1/3 innings.
Newell-Fonda is now 10-2 in the league and 19-4 overall. Schaller-Crestland is 1-13 in the loop and 5-16 overall.
Albert City-Truesdale 22
Sac City 12
Hits were not hard to come by for Albert City-Truesdale or Sac City as the two teams combined for 37 hits, 34 runs and nine errors in a Northwest Conference game.
AC-T, now 5-7 in the league and 8-9 overall, scored eight runs in the fifth inning and added eight more in the sixth to pull away.
Tim Hogrefe went 4-for-5, scored three runs and drove in two. Luke Lovin was also 4-for-5.
Brian Aronson collected three hits, including a solo home run, scored three runs and knocked in three runs. Tyler Hogrefe had three hits, including two solo home runs, and scored five runs.
Justin Reed had two hits, including a three-run home run, and finished with five RBIs. Caleb Garberding added two hits, including a three-run home run, and drove in four runs. Josh Hyde had two hits and Jake Heuton drove in two runs and scored two runs.
Brandon Erickson was the winning pitcher. He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, walked three and struck out six over 4 1/3 innings pitched.