SL St. Mary's, Sioux Central advance

Thursday, July 11, 2002

18-2 win over Aurelia

Joe Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a triple and drove in four runs as Storm Lake St. Mary's opened Class 1A district tournament play with an 18-2 win over Aurelia on Monday night at Holstein.

St. Mary's scored 14 runs in the second inning after plating four in the first.

John Mach went 3-for-4 with a three-run double and a two-run single to finish with five RBIs. Kevin Brown was 2-for-3 with a two-run double and an RBI single. Billy Mach was 2-for-4. Ryan Gessner, Joey McCollum and Eric Wordekemper each had an RBI single.

Wordekemper pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one run while walking one and striking out two.

Billy Mach was the winning pitcher. He allowed three hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out two in four innings of relief.

St. Mary's, now 21-8 overall, played Galva-Holstein (18-7) on Wednesday night in the district quarterfinals at Holstein.

"Our guys have been able to maintain the good streak that we've been on," St. Mary's coach Ryan Berg said. "The bats have really been hot as of late. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going."

Sioux Central 10

Newell-Fonda 7

Sioux Central eliminated Newell-Fonda from the Class 1A district tournament with a victory on Monday night at Laurens.

The Rebels, now 25-10, will now play Albert City-Truesdale in the semifinals on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Laurens.

Sioux Central used a four-run fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead on the Mustangs. The Rebels tacked on three more runs in the seventh to go ahead 10-4.

Newell-Fonda scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it interesting.

Sioux Central totaled 11 hits in the game off losing pitcher Jason Ripke and reliever Kyle Stauter. Mike Haraldson collected three singles and scored three runs.

Jason Ferguson and Adam Huebner each had two hits and drove in two runs. Ferguson had a two-run double and a triple. Alex Rehnstrom belted a two-run double. Andrew Phinney delivered a two-run single. Nate Wittmaack slugged a solo home run for the Rebels.

Tyler Vaudt was the winning pitcher for Sioux Central after relieving Kyle Rehnstrom in the second inning. Vaudt allowed five hits, five earned runs, walked two and struck out nine.

Ripke allowed six runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out four in 3 2/3 innings. Stauter allowed four runs on four hits, walked four and struck out five in 3 1/3 innings.

The Mustangs had nine hits in the game. Stauter had two doubles and a single, while Anthony Wadle had a pair of singles and drove in a run.

Blake Rieman clubbed a three-run home run and Ripke added a solo shot. Austin Wells added a double for the Mustangs, who ended their season 22-8 overall.

"Sioux Central seemed to come up with the big hit when they needed it," Newell-Fonda coach Del Rieman said. "We had our chances in the second and sixth innings and could not come up with the big hit."

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