Mustangs steal 15 bases, take contest over Tornadoes
FONDA - Newell-Fonda has made a living terrorizing other teams with pressure on the base paths and continued that last night against Storm Lake. In all, the Mustangs stole 15 bases to help themselves to 16 runs, taking a 16-6 decision in five innings over the Tornadoes.
The Tornadoes went down in order in the top of the first as the Mustangs wasted little time getting their offense going in the home half. Junior Olivia Larsen was hit by a pitch to start the four run frame. A Larsen steal to second was followed by a single from junior Emma Stewart. Freshman Ella Larsen scored her older sister on a grounder, and beat the throw to first. Sophomore Megan Morenz grounded out, but Stewart came in for a 2-0 lead. Freshman Maggie Walker singled to bring in the younger Larsen, and Walker was brought in by a single from freshman Bailey Sievers.
Storm Lake cut that lead in half in the top of the second. A lead off double from sophomore Jaley Butler and a walk started the inning, a wild pitch from Sievers advancing the runners a base. Two ground outs scored the two green and white players. The Mustangs began their turn in the second with a lead off single and another getting runners on the corners. A single from Stewart brought in the runner on third, a Morenz ground out bringing in a second run. A wild pitch scored Stewart, making it 7-2 after two innings.
The green and white drew a one out walk and a pair of singles scored their third run of the game. N-F was quick to answer again. Bailey Sievers got on base after a dropped third strike before stealing second and getting to third on a wild pitch. Senior Peyton Wilken reached on walks, junior Camryn Wilken coming in as a runner, and stole second. Bailey Sievers and Wilken scored, before another run would come in to make it 10-3 after three.
The Mustangs scored again in the bottom in the fourth, Walker getting on with a single before eventually being driven in by Bailey Sievers, 11-3 the score.
Storm Lake got back on the board in the top of the fifth. A lead off single started their inning which was followed by a walk and a double from senior Briana Soto to score their first run. Three straight walks scored two more runs before a pop out ended the half inning. The bottom of the fifth saw Newell-Fonda belt five straight singles to aid their five run inning to end the game early, the final one coming from freshman Ellie Lago singling to score Morenz.
N-F’s Bailey Sievers got the win, her third of the year. N-F Coach Tim Gauley stated that she pitched well at times, but struggled finding the strike zone, but did a great job of getting through those struggles to get outs when she needed to.
“Offensively, our bats were really alive, collecting 16 hits on the night. We were able to get the ball into play and were able to use our speed to force the action all game long,” Gauley said.
Bailey Sievers had four steals to help pace the Mustangs. Olivia Larsen and Stewart had three. Stewart and eighth grader Macy Sievers both had three hits.
SL sophomore Skylar Cole picked up the loss. She went two and two-thirds innings, allowing four earned runs. Freshman Holly Dierenfield went the rest of the way, allowing five earned runs.
Dierenfield had a couple of hits with an RBI, Soto had a double, and sophomore Butler had a double with two walks. Storm Lake drew nine walks on the night.
“Very flat night for us. From the beginning we were flat and N-F isn’t a team you can play flat against. Defensively we were a step slow mentally and physically,” SL Coach Mel Fisher said. “Offensively, we had good at bats but it doesn’t matter much when you give up so many runs on the defensive side. This game definitely exposed some areas we need to work on before tournament play.”