Tornadoes ten-run Midgets
The Storm Lake High baseball team put itself in position to win at least a share of the 2005 Lakes Conference title at home Friday night with a surprisingly easy 12-0 win over Estherville-Lincoln-Central in five innings.
The Midgets came into the game with just one conference loss. Storm Lake, 11-2 in Lakes play, has two conference games left this week, playing at LeMars Tuesday and hosting Spencer Thursday.
E-LC is 10-2 with three conference games left, including against LeMars. Cherokee is sitting in third in the conference with a 10-4 mark.
Friday, what might have been the Tornadoes' biggest win of the season to date was keyed by pitcher Logan Masters and by senior John Mach at the plate.
Masters went the full five innings, giving up just one hit. He walked one and struck out nine in getting the mound win.
According to SLHS coach Bill McCabe, Masters threw just a handful of pitches other than fastballs.
"Basically, he just overpowered E-LC's hitters with his fastball," McCabe said.
Offensively, the Tornadoes scored one run in the first, five in the second, five in the third and one more in the fourth.
Mach led the way with a triple, double and five RBI. He drove in a run with a groundout in the first, added a two-run double in the second and laced a two-run triple in the third.
Senior catcher Adam Ponsor went 2 for 3 in the game and senior centerfielder Ben Thompson added a two-run single in the second inning.
"Our guys were ready for this game and we dominated from the get-go," McCabe said. "It was a big win for us."
The Tornadoes also play a non-conference game Wednesday, when they're on the road at Sioux City Heelan.