The Storm Lake softball team started Lakes Conference play tonight (Wed) in thrilling fashion with a 7-5 victory in nine innings at Spencer.
The Tornadoes started fast as Josie Hernandez’ second homerun of the year, a three-run shot in the 1st, put Storm Lake on top 3-0. Spencer answered with two runs in their half on the 1st, and tied the game the following inning.
Storm Lake regained the lead in the 5th on a two-out RBI single by Hailey Anderson. In the 6th, Abby Bodholdt doubled with one out. After the second out was recorded, a groundball to the 2nd baseman off the bat of Mackenzie Harder was booted, and Bodboldt came all the way around to score to make it 5-3.
The Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the 6th. Jada Piercy hit her third double of the night, and fourth hit in as many at-bats, to drive in a pair and make it 5-5. After Storm Lake went in order in the top of the 7th, Spencer had a chance to win it in the bottom half, as a one-out double followed by a stolen base put the winning run 60 feet away. Kendra Lowe reached on a fielders choice grounder to shortstop, as Maddy Raveling held onto the ball to prevent the winning run from possibly scoring. Avery DeHaan struck out the next batter, and then got a popout to send the game to the 8th.
In the 8th inning, Storm Lake had an opportunity, but stranded runners on 1st and 3rd. Spencer got a leadoff single in the bottom of the 8th, but nothing more. In the 9th, DeHaan reached on an error to start the inning. Two batters later, DeHaan scored from 2nd base on a double by Hernandez down the leftfield line. A sacrifice fly RBI by Anderson padded the lead to two runs, and DeHaan pitched a one-two-three bottom half.
Spencer got 14 hits in the game, but DeHaan didn’t walk anybody and struck out eight. Storm Lake had nine hits on the night.
Storm Lake stays perfect, now 5-0 on the season, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Tigers, as they fall to 3-3. The Tornadoes play again Friday at LeMars.
The Spencer baseball team defeated the Tornadoes 7-6. Jake Eddie pitched well despite taking the loss going 5 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and four earned runs while striking out 12 and walking two. Eddie crushed his 2nd homer of the year to put the Tornadoes up 1-0 in the first. Trevor Turner hit a two run double in the 2nd inning to put Storm Lake on top 3-2. The Tornadoes were trailing 7-4 going into the 7th inning when Charlie Dvergsten drew a one out walk, his 4th walk of the game, Brody Boeckman then followed with a 2-run homer to make it 7-6. Spencer would change pitchers and a get a couple ground ball outs to secure the win.
Storm Lake’s six game win streak was snapped as they fall to 8-3 overall. The Tornadoes game at Le Mars Friday night will be broadcast on Mix 101.7FM KAYL