Brandt hits for the cycle in 44-run championship game
Storm Lake's baseball team won its own invitational Saturday at Storm Lake High School, topping Alta in a championship whose score looked like a football game. SL's Tyson Brandt hit for the cycle with an extra double to spare against the Cyclones (7-3, 3-0 Northwest Conference), and the teams combined for 44 runs in that one 6-inning game.
The Tornadoes (7-1, 2-1 Lakes) started out with an 8-6 win over Wall Lake View Auburn.
Mitch McCabe led the way, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, and teammate Dallas Eddie was 2-for-3.
Brandt and Alex Severson each had a hit and two RBIs.
Lucas Droessler got the starting nod. In his varsity pitching debut he threw 3 1/3 innings, with two hits and five runs allowed (two of them earned).
Brandt picked up the win, with no earned runs, three hits allowed and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Also in the first round, Alta got by Sioux Center 10-3.
The Cyclones broke a 2-2 tie with seven runs in the sixth frame.
Andrew Allerdings started on the mound, holding SC to one hit and one earned run in five innings. In two innings of work Schuyler Radke limited SC to one run, which was unearned.
"This was a good game for us. We are short on pitching today and Andrew agreed to fill in for us. He did a great job of throwing strikes and forcing them to swing the bat," said Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig. "Our bats are really starting to come to life and this was a nice win to open the tournament."
Jake Bibler, Scott Radke and Andrew Allerdings each had two hits for Alta, while Cody Nesbitt drove in two runs. Paul Allerdings and Andrew Allerdings both doubled.
The Tornadoes outlasted Alta 27-17 in the explosive final.
"We had six players walk three times. We got up 20-5 but Alta hit the ball well and both teams went through a lot of pitchers," said Tornadoes coach Bill McCabe.
SL's Carson Anderson, an eighth grader, came on in relief and picked up the pitching win.
In addition to going 5-for-5 with the cycle, Brandt drove home six runs.
"I don't think I've ever had a player hit for the cycle," coach McCabe said.
Nick Crippin went 3-for-5 and also plated six runs, including a three-run homer.
Mitch McCabe went 2-for-3.
Down 5-3 in the bottom of three, SL erupted for 16 runs.
The next biggest outbursts were seven runs by Alta in the fifth and seven by SL in the sixth.
"When you out-hit a team 24-10 with 10 extra base hits, four doubles, two triples and a home run you should win," said Braunschweig. "Today we didn't; the difference was walks. We walked 17 of their batters, they only walked three of ours. I was really proud of our players. We know we were out of pitching going in but our hitters never gave up.
"I also credit our players who took the mound. Four of them had never thrown in a varsity game."
Scott Radke was credited with the loss for Alta. Ben Stevens, Manteufel, Caleb Husman and Ryan Vonnnahme also threw for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones had six errors to SL's three.
Scott Radke, who homered, had four RBIs and Nesbitt three. Bibler, Radke, Jack Mills and Andrew Allerdings had three hits each, while Alan Hinkeldey saw their three and raised them one.
In other baseball action, Alta topped Pomeroy-Palmer one night prior in Pomeroy, 10-6.
Hinkeldey had three hits, including a double, and Bibler and Mills both had two hits.
Also, Hinkeldey won his pitching debut, with four earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts in five innings.
"Alan did a great job in his pitching debut and Schuyler in relief," said Braunschweig. "Our hitters provided the run support they needed and are finally starting to look more confident at the plate. I was really impressed with the Pomeroy hitters. The top of their order was really solid.
"They are much improved from the Pomeroy we faced a year ago."