Matt Stauter allowed three hits and struck out eight over five innings to help Newell-Fonda opened its season with a 7-2 victory over Galva-Holstein in the first game of the Aurelia Memorial Day Tournament on Monday.
Newell-Fonda lost the championship game 9-3 to Okoboji.
Stauter allowed two runs and walked two in going the distance for the Mustangs. He was supported by seven hits. Austin Wells had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs. Blake Rieman also had two hits with an RBI double.
Jake Schnell drove in two runs and Jared Neppl cracked a two-run home run.
Matt Egger had a double and an RBI to lead Galva-Holstein. J.D. Allen had an RBI and Chad Hustedt doubled. Hustedt took the loss. He allowed three earned runs and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings.
"Matt Stauter pitched very well and we had some timely hits late in the game," Newell-Fonda coach Del Rieman said.
Newell-Fonda managed just five hits in the loss to Okoboji. Rieman had a double and a single and drove in a run. Wells had a pair of singles and an RBI. Stauter belted an RBI double.
Neppl suffered the loss. He allowed seven runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four over three innings. Tim Seagren gave up three hits and two runs in one inning of relief.
"We made two costly errors in the second inning," Rieman said. "We had some good at-bats against a very good pitcher."
Galva-Holstein beat Aurelia 12-1 in the other game. Egger went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double. He drove in four runs. Chad Hustedt had a home run, a double, and three RBIs. Kelly Otto had two hits. Jay Grimes was the winning pitcher. He allowed no earned runs in four innings.