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Newell-Fonda clinches unbeaten Twin Lakes title

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

STORM LAKE - With a win over Alta-Aurelia Friday night, and another three wins in tournament action in Storm Lake Saturday, the Newell-Fonda girls eclipsed 30 regular season wins this weekend, wrapping up regular season play with a record of 31-7.

The Mustangs enter postseason play having won nine games in a row, but more importantly, the victory Friday also gave Newell-Fonda the outright Twin Lakes Conference crown with a 10-0 league mark.

Newell-Fonda was pushed through all seven innings on Friday, as they escaped Alta with a 3-2 win over the Warriors.

The Mustangs scored one in the first and two in the third, compared to one in the third and one in the fifth for Alta-Aurelia.

Jenna Falline got the win on the mound as she gave up two unearned runs on six hits. She struck out seven and walked none. Falline also drove in two runs at the plate. Alyssa Henrich was 1-for-2 and drove in one, and Renee Maneman was 1-for-3 and scored twice.

"Tonight was another great tournament type game," said Newell-Fonda head coach Dick Jungers. "Their was a great crowd and both teams really got into the game. Alta-Aurelia played a great game and we did not execute on offense and defense at times, but we were still able to find a way to score enough runs to win this one. Jenna pitched a phenomenal game. Give Alta's defense a lot of credit as they made some very difficult plays look easy."

Tayler Rohwer took the loss for the Warriors as she allowed one earned run on four hits. She walked none and struck out three. Rohwer and Gracie Winterhof drove in a run apiece for Alta-Aurelia.

"A well played game," said Alta-Aurelia head coach Dave Turnquist. "We hit well against a great pitcher. We just needed one more timely hit. Newell-Fonda really pressures you on defense, and we responded well. This should help us going into district play. Newell-Fonda is a well-coached team."

Saturday saw the Mustangs sweep through their tournament games in Storm Lake as they downed Missouri Valley (4-0), Fort Dodge, St. Edmond (7-5) and Sioux City East (1-0).

Falline picked up two wins as she struck out 17 and walked two in 15 innings of work. Maneman picked up the third win, and Falline and Missy Morenz drove in three runs apiece at the plate.

"We found some timely hitting and Jenna was really tough on the mound," said Jungers. "Today (Saturday) was a good test to see where we are at heading into tournaments."

Alta-Aurelia picked up two wins Saturday as they topped Storm Lake (10-5) and Sioux City East (9-3) and fell to Westwood Sloan (6-5).

Rohwer went 1-1 Saturday with seven strikeouts in 13 innings. Jenna Snyder went 1-0 with the complete game win over Sioux City East.

Rohwer went 5-for-11 at the plate and drove in five, and Alexis Hernandez was 5-for-9 with three driven in.

"We played a good tournament," said Turnquist. "Everyone was focused and played well. Hitting was mostly good, and baserunning was outstanding. Tayler and Jenna pitched very well and put us in position to make plays."

Alta-Aurelia moves to 14-18 on the year and finish 5-5 in conference play. The Warriors open Class 2A regional play tonight in Lytton to take on South Central Calhoun. The winner advances to meet Ridge View in Galva Thursday. The Mustangs received a first-round bye and will meet the winner of CWL and West Bend-Mallard Thursday night in Fonda.

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