ASSUMPTION -- Tuscola keeps getting better and better on this nine-game winning streak.

On Monday, Noah Pierce kicked it up a notch, no-hitting Central A&M in a five-inning 12-0 win.

The only blemish was a walk to the third batter of the game.

"He only allowed them to hit one ball out of the infield and that was a fly ball right at our center fielder to end the fourth," Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. "Our infield defense was outstanding as we made a couple of non-routine plays."

Pierce also went 2 for 2 from the plate as Christian VonLanken (3 for 3) and Haden Cothron (2 for 2) had a hit in every at-bat as well. The offense came together later as 10 of the 12 runs were in the fourth and fifth inning.

"The second time through the lineup, we seemed to be seeing the ball better and were able to square up a few pitches," Hoel said.

Warrensburg-Latham 11, Shelbyville 8

WARRENSBURG -- The Cardinals unloaded for six runs in the second before a second wave of offense hit late.

"I was really proud of our kids tonight," Warrensburg coach Chris Elston said. "(Payton) Howell is one of the best pitchers in our conference. We came out swinging the bats and were lucky to score some runs early off of him."

Warrensburg freshman Brendan Taylor smacked two doubles, driving in two runs, and Caleb Hermann drove in two runs as well.

Shelbyville actually had more hits than the Cardinals (13 to 11) thanks to players like Tylr Gottfriedt who had three.

Nokomis 12, Altamont 5

NOKOMIS -- The offenses for both teams ran all over the pitching early on.

But Nokomis' stabilized first to help garner the victory.

"I think we played pretty well," Nokomis coach Brian Pesko said. "We hit the ball real well and it was a close game for a few innings.

"We played with four freshmen. A lot of these kids pitching with us have probably never pitched before. But we're having a pretty good year."

Star pitcher Reid Detmers transferred to Chatham Glenwood for his senior year, but Nokomis is still 13-4 this season with wins over Williamsville, Greenville and now Altamont.

Ryan Archibald and B.J. Chausse each had a pair of hits to help fuel Nokomis' offense.


Meridian 9, Sullivan 6

MACON -- The Hawks nearly made through seven innings with the lead intact before errors helped move Sullivan baserunners along for four runs in the seventh inning.

And even though her night could have ended a few innings earlier, Meridian coach Greg Streeval was impressed with how Aukamp performed in the nine-inning game.

"I think that Amy Aukamp just did a fantastic job," Streeval said. "She battled for nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

"She worked through a lot of adversity through a couple of defensive plays. Had a few there on defense that were costly and we let Sullivan in the game, but she never got rattled or lost her composure. She just went out there and battled."

Rylie Casey sent one over the fence to end the marathon game. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, the sophomore blasted the walk-off homer to finish 3 for 5 on the day. 

It was the second response from Meridian's offense -- after Sullivan's four runs in the seventh, Meridian plated two in the bottom of the inning to force extras.

"It was a good win for us," Streeval said.

Perhaps the biggest test of the season comes today as Meridian plays Williamsville.

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