Tornadoes split pair of Lakes games this week

Monday, July 3, 2006

The Storm Lake High baseball team rebounded on its home field Wednesday night, beating Lakes Conference rival Emmetsburg 7-5.

Though results of that game were not available at press time, the win improved the Tornadoes improved to 8-5 in Lakes Conference action and to 10-9 overall.

Meanwhile, last Tuesday, the Tornadoes dropped an 11-10 decision in eight innings at Sheldon.

SLHS pitcher Tyson Brandt held the Orabs scoreless for the first three innings, but Sheldon pitcher T.J. Miller allowed just one SLHS run through three innings.

Both teams broke through offensively in the fourth inning, with Storm Lake scoring once after consecutive singles by Nick Crippen, Lucas Droessler and Tyler Overmohle.

Sheldon nicked Brandt for three runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Tornadoes scored three times in the fifth for a 5-3 lead after five frames.

SLHS looked like it had taken command by scoring four runs in the top of the sixth for a 9-3 lead, with the big hit being a two-run double by Mitch McCabe.

But in the bottom of the sixth, Sheldon rallied for four runs to trail just 9-7. The Tornadoes scored a single run in the top of the seventh for a 10-7 lead but could not hold it.

Sheldon scored three times in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-10 tie, forcing extra innings.

The Tornadoes failed to score in the top of the eighth, and the Orabs scored a single run in the bottom of the eighth and walked off with a win.

Brandt went 6 1/3 innings, yielding seven runs, just two of which were earned. Freshman Ben Seaman went an inning and a third and Brendon Miller finished up.

Offensively for the Tornadoes, Droessler went 3 for 3, while Mitch McCabe was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI. Nick Crippen notched two singles, and Alex Severson hit two singles and added 1 RBI. Junior Zack Manteufel also hit a two-run single.

SLHS returns to action Monday at home vs. LeMars.

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