The Storm Lake baseball team had a tournament it would just as soon forget Saturday at Carroll Stadium.
The Tornadoes (2-3 Lakes Conference) dipped to 8-5 overall after falling to a pair of tough ball clubs on a warm, sunny day at the Carroll Invitational.
They fell 15-4 to Denison-Schleswig in the first round before getting knocked out of the tourney by Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln 10-5 later that day.
Both games went six innings under tourney rules prohibiting innings starting after 1 hour, 45 minutes.
"Denison's coach said it was the best (the Monarchs had) hit all year," said Storm Lake coach Bill McCabe.
Indeed, it probably was. D-S cranked 16 hits and produced runs in every inning.
The Monarchs led 1-0 after the first and scored four more in the second.
After that the closest Storm Lake came was a 7-3 deficit in the bottom of the third. In that frame, Monarchs starter Tanner Schultz - who went the distance and gave up five hits - handed SL its second run on a balk that sent home Ben Smith, who had led the inning off with a bloop single to right center. The Tornadoes' third run came on an error by D-S's catcher following a Nick Crippin walk.
Both teams made two errors.
Tornadoes starter Brendan Miller was chalked up with the loss, with 12 runs (10 earned), 14 hits allowed, one walk and one strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.
Zach Miller came on for the final 1 2/3, giving up two hits and three earned runs while striking out two and walking two.
Third baseman Dallas Eddie drilled a one-out standup triple in the bottom of the second that screamed through the infield and didn't stop until it hit the fence in right-center.
Mitch McCabe (who walked twice) had a one-out infield single in the third. In the sixth, Tyson Brandt led off with a single up the middle and Crippin doubled to left.
Lucas Droessler had a pair of RBI groundouts, the latter of which provided SL its final run in the sixth, and Alex Severson made an inning-ending diving catch in shallow left in the third frame.
In the 10-5 loss to the Lynx later that day, Abe Lincoln jumped ahead early with three runs in the first inning. It added four in the second, one in the third and two in the fourth.
Storm Lake scored its first run in the second inning when Michael McCabe singled to knock in Eddie, who had doubled. In the fourth, Brandt scored on a Michael McCabe single. Michael McCabe was in on another run in the fifth, as he absorbed a bean ball with the bases loaded.
In the sixth, Crippin hit a two-run home run, his fifth of the year.
Droessler was saddled with the loss, going the the first three innings while giving up seven hits, eight runs (just three of them earned) and two walks.
Eighth grader Carson Anderson pitched the last three innings, giving up two hits and two runs (one earned) while walking two and fanning one.
"We out-hit (Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln) 10-9 but left a lot of runners on base. We stranded 13 runners in six innings," said McCabe. "One good thing out of that game was that Carson pitched a very good game. It's a tough position for an eighth grader going against a 4A school but he handled it and did a good job.
"He changed his speed and kept them off balance."
On the other hand, the Tornadoes have to do a better job of both getting the third out of the inning defensively and hitting the ball with two outs.
"We loaded the bases twice, and one or two hits can change the game quite a bit, or them not getting a hit (can change the game)," said McCabe.
Storm Lake will have a shot at doing just that Wednesday when it hosts Class 2A No. 2-ranked Cherokee.
Michael McCabe, Tony Pertzborn and Brandt each had two hits, including a pair of doubles from Pertzborn, in the Lynx contest.
Crippin went 1-for-4, Eddie and Severson were both 1-for-3, and Bobby Brown finished 1-for-1 for the Tornadoes.