Plagued by eight errors, the Storm Lake High baseball team dropped its Lakes Conference opener here at the SLHS field Wednesday night to Spencer, 10-5.
Tornado lefthander Nick Sorbe went the first five inning and took the loss. Although he gave up nine runs, just one was earned.
Spencer scored three unearned runs in the first inning for an early 3-0 lead and added five more unearned runs in the fifth.
"Nick actually pitched good game, giving up only five hits, but our defense didn't give him much help," said SLHS baseball coach Bill McCabe.
"It's early in the season and we'll get better by working on the fundamentals in practice. But we've got to tighten up our defense."
Lance Eddie pitched the last two inings for Storm Lake and gave up two hits and one run, McCabe said.
Offensively for Storm Lake, Ben Thompson, Adam Ponsor and Lance Eddie each went 2 for 4 while Sorbe was 1 for 3.
The Tornadoes played Friday night in another Lakes Confernce game against Cherokee in the road but results were not available at press time.
The Storm Lake baseball team plays host to the Storm Lake Invitational on Saturday.