In the end, the St. Mary's Panthers ran out of comeback magic.
St. Mary's battled back to tie its Northwest Conference baseball game against Alta at home twice and take the lead once on Tuesday night, but two runs by the Cyclones in the top of the seventh proved to be too much for the Panthers to overcome, falling to Alta, 8-7.
The Cyclones were outhit by the Panthers, 12-11, but took advantage of six St. Mary's errors throughout the game to pick up the valuable road conference victory.
Alta head coach Jerry Braunschweig said he was pleased with how his team responded after falling behind.
"This was a nice win over a good ballclub," Alta head coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "I was really proud of the way we battled back after giving up the lead. We managed to capitalize on their mistakes and this proved to be the difference."
While the offense went well for the Panthers, the defensive effort was not as good, and St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg said fielding will now be the main priority for his team.
"We fought to get ourselves in position to tie it two times and every time we came back we ended up giving it back," Berg said. "Defense will be our main focus for the rest of the year."
Nick Netsch went 3-4 and Billy Mach went 2-3 with three RBI for St. Mary's, and Kevin Brown hit a three-run home run to put St. Mary's ahead in the sixth. John Mach also hit a solo home run to tie the score in the fifth inning.
Billy Mach pitched all seven for St. Mary's, and struck out nine Cyclones. He allowed nine hits and only two earned runs.
Brad Payne went 1-3 with two RBI and scored one run for Alta, and Steve Hamer went 2-4 and scored one run. Eric Holton had one RBI and scored twice.
St. Mary's fell to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in conference play, while Alta improved to 14-6 overall.
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