Bill McCabe has a simple batting philosophy for his Tornado baseball club.
Get ahead in the count and swing at only the good pitches.
In 10 games, that credo has translated into 79 free passes - 68 walks and 11 hit batsmen - for Storm Lake.
Tuesday night was no different, as SL drew six walks and advanced twice more on hit batsmen in a 15-0, five-inning road win over Newell-Fonda that bumped its overall record to 8-2.
"We've been hitting the ball pretty well and drawing a lot of walks," said McCabe, whose team was 2-2 in the Lakes Conference after the previous night's road setback to Estherville-Lincoln Central. "I thought if our pitchers came through we could (get off to the fast start we have). We have seven starters back from last year, so we have experience. Our pitchers have been throwing strikes for the most part.
"When you do that and make them earn it, usually good things happen."
Nick Crippin logged the mound win, allowing one hit in four innings, before Tyson Brandt closed shop 1-2-3 in the fifth.
Crippin walked two and mowed down six; Brandt fanned a batter as well.
The sure-gloved Tornado defense played error-free ball.
SL rapped nine hits, led by 2-bagger Michael McCabe, who was 2-for-3 with three runs knocked in.
Crippin and third baseman Dallas Eddie each had two hits and two RBIs.
Mitch McCabe and Tony Pertzborn both plated a run, with Pertzborn's RBI coming on a double.
Brandt hit a two-run double of his own for SL, which scored eight runs in the first, four in the second and three in the fifth.
For Newell-Fonda, which fell to 6-5, starter Jack Reis allowed seven runs and three hits while striking out one in a third of an inning.
James Tiedeman pitched the remaining 4 2/3, giving up eight runs and six hits while fanning four.
Offensively, B.J. Baskerville singled for the Mustangs.
"Give Storm Lake credit, they have a nice ball club," said N-F coach Jim Miller. "We knew going into this game that our pitching was a little thin. Our inexperience on the mound and the fact that they swing the bats pretty well made it a long night for our club.
"We need to put this game behind us and move forward."
The Tornadoes go to the Carroll Invitational Baseball Tournament Saturday and Sunday. They kick things off against Denison-Schleswig Saturday at 10 a.m. The winner of that game plays the winner of Carroll versus Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln on Sunday at noon. The losers of the first two matchups play Saturday night at 6.
On Sunday, the fifth-place game is 4 p.m., the third-place game 6 p.m. and the championship game 8 p.m.
Other teams in the field are Kuemper, E-LC, Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson and Algona.