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Mustangs split two more in FD, now 18-5

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Newell-Fonda senior Alyssa Henrich and the Mustangs went 2-2 in Fort Dodge over the weekend, moving their record to 18-5 on the year. / Photo by Scott Kilbride.
FORT DODGE - After splitting a pair of tournament games Friday in Fort Dodge, the Mustangs went 1-1 again on Saturday as they bested Class 2A's 15th-ranked Fort Dodge, St. Edmond, 12-2, and fell to Sioux City North, 9-1, in the opener Saturday.

Against St. Edmond's, Jenna Falline tossed a three-hitter as she surrendered just one earned run. She walked none and struck out six in the win.

At the plate, Newell-Fonda totaled 13 hits, led by Alyssa Henrich, who went 3-for-3 with two steals, a run scored and two runs driven in. Falline was 2-for-4 and drove in three, Renee Maneman was 3-for-5, stole three bases and scored two runs, and Hailey Falline was 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

"We played a much better game this time around," said head coach Dick Jungers. "Our bats really came alive against a very good St. Ed's team. The defense played pretty well behind Jenna. When our kids stay in the strike zone we are able to hit the ball hard. When we lose our focus and swing out of the zone we end up having some rough at bats. This tournament was a good test to see where we are at."

Hits were harder to come by against North as the Mustangs totaled just five. Hailey Falline drove in the lone run as she went 1-for-3.

Maneman took the loss as she gave up nine runs, two earned on 11 hits. She walked three and struck out two in seven innings.

"We let this game get away from us," said Jungers. "In each of the first three innings, we had the third out slip away before the damage was done. Several costly mistakes were the difference. Sioux City North was able to put the ball in play after our miscues and were able to put some runs on the board. We had a lot of solid hits in this game, but they always seemed to find a glove on the other end of it. Renee pitched well, but we need to do a better job of making the makable plays in games like this if we want to win."

The Mustangs move to 18-5 with the tournament split. They have 10 regular season dates remaining on the schedule, starting with Wednesday night's road contest at South Central Calhoun. They host Storm Lake, St. Mary's Thursday.

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