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Tornadoes Squeeze Out Win Over Sioux Center

July 19, 2021 9:25pm

Edgar Barriero laid down a suicide squeeze bunt that scored Ben Raveling and the Storm Lake baseball team walked off Sioux Center scoring two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning for a 5-4 win over the Warriors in a class 3A district final game played Monday night in Storm Lake.

Mark Eddie led off the bottom of the 7th with a single, his 4th hit of the game, Jake Eddie then grounded out to shortstop with Mark Eddie advancing to 2nd base thanks to a hit and run being in play.  Ben Raveling then walked to put the winning run on base. Sioux Center then brought in a new pitcher and Jailen Hansen greeted him with an RBI double to left field scoring Mark Eddie to tie the game.  With runners at 2nd and 3rd base Sioux Center intentionally walked Hunter DeMey to load the bases with one out.  That's when Barriero, on the first pitch, put down the bunt to score the winning run sending the hometown fans into a frenzy.

Sioux Center had just taken the lead in the top of the 7th inning thanks to a two-out RBI single by Stetson Hulstein making it 4-3.  

The Tornadoes had nine hits in the game with Eddie getting four including a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning, his second homer of the year put the Tornadoes ahead 1-0.  Jake Eddie drove in Mark in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 2-0.  The Warriors plated a pair of runs in the 4th, and took their first lead of the game with another run in the fifth but it could've been more.  After they took the 3-2 lead the bases were loaded with only one out that's when their clean up hitter Taylor DeJager hit a line drive that Tornado third baseman Pako Gonzales snared and then dove to touch 3rd base with his glove to double off the runner for an inning ending double play.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Storm Lake would tie the game when Hansen drilled a triple to left center field, Pako Gonzales would then lay down a bunt single scoring Hansen to tie the game at 3-3.  And that set up the thrilling 7th inning.  

Hunter DeMey picked up the win in relief throwing two innings, he gave up one run on one hit he struck out one and walked one, he is now 6-2 on the year.

Jake Eddie started and threw the first five innings giving up three runs on five hits, he struck out four and walked three.

For Storm Lake the win avenged a regular season 15-0 loss to Sioux Center.  The Warriors finish the year 19-11.  The Tornadoes are now 27-5 and will host MOC-Floyd Valley in the sub-state final Wednesday night at 7pm. The Dutch beat Storm Lake 4-3 in eight innings back on June 24th in a game played in Storm Lake and they also beat the Tornadoes twice last year.

More than 600 fans attended the game Monday night.

Click below to hear the post game interview with head coach Ben Seaman along with Hunter DeMey, Edgar Barriero, and Mark Eddie.