NEWELL -- In a regional semifinal game pitting Exira-EHK’s youth vs. Newell-Fonda’s experience, it was the latter’s experience that won out.
The Spartans had their chances, with runners in scoring position in five of the seven innings they were at bat, but only got one run across in an 8-1 loss Friday night to be eliminated from the Iowa Class 1A post-season.
“It’s just a matter of they’re a year older than us and a year of playing experience over our freshmen and eighth graders,” said coach Ashton Koehlmoos. “The great part about our team is we don’t lose one face off our team. We’ve got a lot of youth and we’ll gain a few next year.”
On this night, however, it was simple execution that made the difference. The Mustangs did, the Spartans did not.
“I guess the big difference in score is we didn’t execute,” she said.
Shay Burmeister scored the lone run in the top of the fifth inning, cutting into a 5-0 deficit, but the Mustangs put the Spartans away with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Spartans had chances in several of the earlier innings, including the second when there were runners in scoring position and another inning where the bases were loaded.
Macy Emgarten struck out five and didn’t walk anybody, but gave up 11 hits. Bailey Sievers was the big weapon for the Mustangs, going 3-for-3 including a solo home run.
“We missed some pretty routine plays,” said Koehlmoos. “Macy pitched a great game, (but) I don’t know if would’ve been enough if we had decent defense.”
Ashley Hansen led the Spartans (13-15) had 3-for-4 night at the plate.