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Rain washes Tornadoes' region final with Carroll

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Game will be played tonight

Heavy rains here Monday night washed out the Storm Lake High softball team's region final game with Carroll at the Carroll High School Field.

The game was rescheduled for tonight in Carroll starting at 7 p.m.

Skies were threatening and it sprinkled on and off about a half hour before the first scheduled pitch at 7 p.m.

At about five minutes to 7, the skies opened up with sheets of rain for about 20 minutes was enough to get the game postponed.

According to SLHS coach Jason Stolzfus, the postponement just doesn't mean much at this point in the season.

"It just means we play (tomorrow night) instead of tonight." Stoltzfus said late Monday night. "Nothing changes and everything remains the same."

The Tornadoes played Carroll earlier in the season, losing 4-3 in the championship of the Humboldt tournament.

The Tigers will start ace pitcher Kora Behrens, who enters the game with a miniscule 0.37 earned run average.

"We'll have to play our best to win," Stoltzfus said. "Carroll is an outstanding team."

Meanwhile, Saturday night, the Tornadoes used the long ball to support the four-hit pitching of Halder to ease past LeMars 6-1 in a regional semifinal game at Tornado Field.

As she was in the tourney-opening win over Sioux City Heelan, Fisher was the standout at the plate. She drove in three runs on a two-run homer and an RBI-triple.

Halder was clutch at the plate and in fielding her position.

In the top of the third, SL's Lindsay Guenther drew a two-out walk and the next hitter, Halder, drove a line drive over the fence in left for an early 2-0 lead.

Paulsen kept the inning going by lacing a single up the middle, then Fisher drove her in with a triple to center. Fisher later scored on an error for a 4-0 Tornado lead.

That was all Halder needed. She gave up LeMars' first hit in the bottom of the third, a single by Katelyn Madden.

In the top of the fifth, Storm Lake used another homer to take a 6-0 lead. This time, Halder reached on an infield error and after Anna Paulsen grounded out, Fisher hit a two-run homer to dead center for her second and third RBI of the game.

LeMars' only scoring threat came in the bottom of the fifth. Bulldog infielder Sara Milles led off with an opposite field single to left, then Cassie Lassen singled, putting runners on first and second with one out.

Halder got the second out, then LeMars' Alisha Conley laced a shot back toward Halder, who snared the hard-hit ball and threw to first for the final out.

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