Alta nips Sioux Central
Joe Fitzgerald fired a five-hitter in the first game, and Billy Mach tossed a four-hitter in the nightcap as Storm Lake St. Mary's swept a doubleheader from Pomeroy-Palmer on Wednesday night at Memorial Field.
St. Mary's won the first game 10-0 and took the nightcap 14-4.
Fitzgerald walked no batters and struck out five.
Mach went 3-for-3 with two doubles and drove in two runs in the opener. Eric Wordekemper was 3-for-3 with an RBI triple. John Mach was 2-for-2. Matthew Smith had a two-run single and Tim Brown added an RBI single.
Mach allowed one earned run, walked none and struck out four to win the nightcap.
Kevin Brown went 3-for-3 and knocked in three runs to lead the Panthers. John Mach had a double and a triple and drove in three runs. Wordekemper had two hits with a double. Billy Mach had two hits and drove in one run, as did Joey McCollum. Tim Brown and Ryan Gessner each delivered an RBI single.
St. Mary's is now 12-2 in the league and 16-8 overall.
"Our hitting has been very strong as of late and we hope that it continues on into tournament time," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "Our pitchers have been doing a nice job of throwing strikes and getting themselves out of jams when they've needed to."
Alta 4, Sioux Central 3
Heath Glienke scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Alta a victory over Sioux Central in a Northwest Conference game played on Wednesday night at Alta.
Alta scored a run in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2. Sioux Central scored to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth, but Alta answered with a run to tie it up again.
Alta had 10 hits in the game, coming from three players. Jake Galligan was 4-for-5, while Josh Droegmiller and Glienke were each 3-for-5.
Droegmiller cracked a solo home run and Glienke had an RBI triple.
Dru Leyden got the win in relief. He allowed no hits, no runs and walked one in two innings. Droegmiller gave up 10 hits, one earned run and struck out eight in nine innings.
"To say I'm proud of these guys is an understatement," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "We played our hearts out. This was a game of tremendous emotional swings. Josh gave us nine solid innings and the defense really supported him. This was a nice win."
Alta is now 9-4 in the league and 18-8 overall.