COUNCIL BLUFFS — Sioux City North has now beaten every other team in its substate.
The Stars, forced to forfeit three early games, may not get the top seed for next month’s Class 4-A tournament that will decide a state berth. But they are the only one of the six teams that owns a win against each of the others.
Sioux City North (14-10) topped Council Bluffs Lewis Central 9-3 Friday night. The Stars already have posted wins against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson, Sioux City East and Sioux City West this summer.
The Stars face Sioux City East again Saturday in a doubleheader with Missouri River Conference title implications.
“We have a really good team. We’re very talented,” North coach Rory Jackson said. “If our kids come focused and ready to play, we’re tough to beat.
“I don’t know if winning over every team in the substate is going to matter. I think it just comes down to if you’re focused on the day you play.”
After giving up an early run to the Titans (11-12), Sioux City North scored seven consecutive runs to take command of the nonconference game Friday. Blake Meacham’s RBI double ignited a three-run third inning for the Stars. Lewis Central starter Kyler Nixon also walked in two runs in the third.
Robert Neustrom drove in a pair of runs in the fourth with a double. No. 9 hitter Brody Pitkin added an RBI single in the fifth inning, his third hit of the game. Dan Tillo also had a run-scoring hit in the sixth. He was 2 for 3 with two walks on the night.
Alex Berger scattered five hits in five innings to earn the win for the Stars. Jordan Shultz struck out four of the seven Titans he faced in two innings of relief.
Nate Storey had a run-scoring single and Luke Sutherland added a two-run double for Lewis Central.
“On the positive side of things, we stayed in the ballgame,” Titans coach Lee Toole said. “They’ve got a very explosive team. ... This is the first good big school we’ve played this year, outside of the city. We wanted them to see what a good team looks like.”
SC North (14-10).....................003 221 1—9 13 3
At Lewis Central (11-12).....................010 020 0—3 5 3
W: Alex Berger (3-2) L: Kyle Nixon (1-4). 2B: SCN, Dan Tillo, Blake Meacham 2, Robert Neustrom. LC, Dillon O'Connor, Luke Sutherland.
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