Eric Wordekemper went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run and Billy Mach was 3-for-4 as Storm Lake St. Mary's clinched the Northwest Conference title outright with a 15-3 victory over Aurelia on Tuesday night at Aurelia.
St. Mary's has won the league title two straight seasons. The Panthers have a 28-3 conference record the past two years.
The Panthers totaled 17 hits in the game. Tim Brown went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while John Mach had two hits and drove in three runs. Joe Fitzgerald was 3-for-5, including a two-run double. Jeff Speers added an RBI single.
Billy Mach was the winning pitcher. He allowed six hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out five over seven innings.
Kyle Hill took the loss for Aurelia. Heath Brecher went 2-for-3 and Kasey Reilly belted a solo home run.
St. Mary's finished conference play with a 14-2 record.
"I thought that Hill pitched a pretty good game through five innings," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We were only ahead 4-3 going into the sixth. Our guys stepped it up when they needed to in the sixth inning by scoring eight runs to pull away."
St. Mary's 17
Eric Wordekemper had two doubles and drove in five runs to power Storm Lake St. Mary's to a rout over Galva-Holstein in a nonconference game played on Wednesday night at Holstein.
Tim Brown had two hits, including a double for the Panthers. Kevin Brown belted two doubles and knocked in four runs, while Ryan Gessner added two singles.
John Mach, Joe Fitzgerald and Joey McCollum each had an RBI single.
Wordekemper was the winning pitcher. He scattered six hits, allowed three earned runs, walked none and struck out 13 batters over six innings for St. Mary's, now 19-8 overall.
"We really did a nice job of coming out in the beginning and hitting the ball," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "We scored seven runs in the first inning and kind of had things going in our favor from that point on."
Alta 11, Newell-Fonda 6
Matt Page collected three hits and drove in two runs to fuel a 14-hit attack as Alta handed Newell-Fonda a setback in a Northwest Conference game played on Tuesday night at Fonda.
Alta bolted to a 8-1 lead after three innings before a five-run fifth inning by the Mustangs made it 8-6. Alta answered with three runs in the final two innings to pull away.
Jim Braunschweig, Dru Leyden, Thomas Allerdings and Jared Johnson all had two hits apiece. Johnson had two doubles.
Jake Galligan and Heath Glienke each delivered a two-run single, while Josh Droegmiller added an RBI single. Braunschweig, Leyden and Allerdings all scored two runs apiece.
Droegmiller got the win. He allowed eight hits, six earned runs, walked three and struck out eight.
"The guys are playing with a lot of confidence right now, and as a result, we have been winning," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "We're healthy, confident, and playing solid baseball ... a nice combination entering tournament week."
Kyle Stauter clubbed a three-run home run and also smacked a double for the Mustangs. Blake Rieman hit a two-run homer and Beau Artist added a solo blast to account for all six of Newell-Fonda's runs. Austin Wells and Kurt Olsen each had two hits.
Stauter took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in one inning. Jason Ripke allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings of relief for the Mustangs, now 12-4 in the league and 21-7 overall.
"Alta came out and hit the ball very well," Mustangs coach Del Rieman said. "We had some mental mistakes that they took advantage of. I was happy that our kids battled back."
Alta improved to 11-5 in the league and 20-9 overall.
AC-T 19, Aurelia 14
Justin Reed went 4-for-4 and scored four runs to fuel a 14-hit attack as Albert City-Truesdale won a slugfest over Aurelia in Northwest Conference play.
The Hurricanes scored eight runs in the second inning, five in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Tim Hogrefe was 3-for-5 and scored three runs, while Jake Heuton had two hits, including a home run, and drove in five runs.
Tyler Hogrefe had two hits, including a homer, scored three runs and knocked in four runs. Brandon Erickson had two hits and four RBIs, while Josh Hyde clubbed a two-run home run and also scored three runs. Caleb Garberding was credited with two RBIs.
Garberding was the winning pitcher. He allowed 12 hits, 12 earned runs, walked two and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings.
Aurelia, which totaled 16 hits in the game, scored four runs in the third inning and seven in the fifth.
Andrew George fired a five-hit shutout, walked four and struck out five to help send Pomeroy-Palmer to a Northwest Conference victory over Schaller-Crestland on Tuesday night.
Calvin Kluver had two of the Wildcats' five hits. Evan Johnson belted a double. Kluver took the loss, allowing three hits and no earned runs while walking two and striking out three.
The Wildcats, who were victimized by five errors, are now 1-15 in the league and 5-20 overall.
Aurelia 17, Schaller-Crestland 15
Aurelia won a slugfest over Schaller-Crestland in Northwest Conference play last Friday night.
The game featured 26 hits and 17 walks by the two teams.
Nathan Johnson went 2-for-3 with a three-run double for the Wildcats. Jim Alesch was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Evan Johnson clubbed a three-run home run, while Jacob Myrtue was 3-for-5 with a three-run triple. Chris Bendixen was 2-for-4. Alesch and Johnson each scored three runs.
Myrtue suffered the loss. Kasey Reilly was the winning pitcher. The Wildcats committed six errors.