ORANGE CITY, Iowa -- Freshman pitcher Noah McBride was sharp from the outset and he had plenty of offensive support in leading Northwestern to a 7-1 victory over Hastings in a winner's bracket game at the Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball tournament Saturday.
McBride, who hails from San Diego, California, twirled a four-hitter and went the distance to get the win on a 98-pitch outing. McBride fanned three batters and walked one to improve his season record to 6-2.
The Raiders got RBI singles from Dustin Gaither and Colton Harold to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Gaither added another run-scoring single in the fifth inning as the Raiders stretched their cushion to 5-0. Northwestern (28-18) needs to win just one of two potential games Sunday to win the bracket and advance to the GPAC title game Tuesday.
Tynan O'Brien hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to score the only run for the Broncos (24-25). Hastings will take on Morningside later Saturday in an elimination contest.
MORNINGSIDE 4, BRIAR CLIFF 1: Morningside won the day's second game 4-1 over Briar Cliff to stay alive, breaking up a scoreless pitchers dual in a four-run six inning.
Briar Cliff's Jacob Wesselmann and the Mustangs' Cody Selig were involved in a scorelesss dual through 5 1/2 innings before Morningside broke through.
Jordan Pierce was credited with an RBI when his grounder was misplayed, scoring Joe Genoways with the first run of the contest. Drew Kasperbauer scored Pierce with an RBI single and scored himself to make the Mustang lead 3-0 when Levi Davidson's single was misplayed for the second BCU error of the frame. The fourth Morningside run of the inning came home on a single by Mitch Kellogg, that scored Davidson.
Briar Cliff got a run back in the seventh inning when Rodney Scarver walked with one out and came around to score on Avery Foltz' double.
Selig, the former Sergeant Bluff-Luton prep standout, pitched the first eight innings and gave up five hits and two walks while logging four strikeouts. Elliott Conover, like Wesselmann a former Remsen St. Mary's prep standout, pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game and get the save.
Wesselmann ended up giving up 10 hits and a walk and struck out four Mustangs. Briar Cliff ends its season with a 22-25 record.
WARTBURG 15, BUENA VISTA 10: The Knights scored in every inning but the second and outslugged the Beavers in the first game of an Iowa Conference baseball doubleheader Saturday in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Eric Willis had the hot stick in the opener for Wartburg, hitting a home run among his five hits while driving in four.
Coleman Roberts had two homers for the Beavers and drove in four runs in the opener. BVU also got home runs in the first game from Peyton Renning and Porter Sartor.