The red-hot bats of the Alta Cyclones were cooled off by Galva-Holstein pitching on Friday night, as Alta was able to muster only three hits in a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Pirates.
Brad Payne, Joel Corlew and Nate Hinkeldey were the only Cyclones who were able to record hits in the contest, resulting in one run in the bottom of the sixth. Galva-Holstein had scored one in the third and four in the sixth by that time, however, as the Pirates gained more momentum heading into their first round district game against Odebolt-Arthur tomorrow night.
Alta head coach Jerry Braunschweig said he felt his team played hard throughout the game.
"I was pleased with the way our players competed," Braunschweig said. "I felt our hitters weren't as tuned in as the night before, as three prior games this week probably took their toll."
Alta competed in the first round of district play against River Valley last night at Holstein. A complete recap of that game will be in Thursday's edition of the Pilot-Tribune sports section.
Newell-Fonda 17, Laurens-Marathon 4
Newell-Fonda broke out of a hitting slump in a big way against Laurens-Marathon on Friday night, scoring 12 runs in the second inning to cruise to a 17-4 win on the road.
Blake Rieman had a grand slam and a RBI single and Jake Schnell had two singles, three RBI, two stolen bases and three runs to lead Newell-Fonda. Joe Noethe, Matt Stauter, Austin Wells, Alan Baskerville, Jared Neppl, Tim Seagren and Joe Miller also added at least one hit.
Newell-Fonda is now 16-12 on the season.
WLVA 6, Aurelia 2
Five Aurelia errors spoiled a good performance by Bulldogs pitcher Bryan Lemke on Thursday night, as Aurelia fell to Wall Lake View Auburn by four runs.
Lemke struck out 10 and allowed nine hits, but WLVA scored three unearned runs to seal the win. Kyle Hill went 2-4, and Kolin Peterson and Mark Lindgren each went 2-3.
Aurelia will play the winner of the Alta/River Valley game tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. in Holstein.