Storm Lake's softball team went 2-0 here in the Humboldt Tourney Saturday, the championship game of which was rained out.
The Tornadoes, who would have played Algona in the final, improved to 11-4 by beating Carroll 7-4 in the first round and Garner-Hayfield 5-3 in Round 2.
"It was a matter of will in this game," Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus said of the first game.
With two outs in the first Morgan Darrow walked and Amanda Proczak hit her in with one of her four hits in the game.
In the bottom the Tigers would go up 2-1 but it was Slone Masters who started the inning off with a single and Amber Woodford who hit her second homer of the year.
Proczak later singled and scored on a double by Michaela Brungardt in the fifth. In the sixth Nicole Martin and Masters would score. In the seventh Carroll threatened but Martin's backhand tag off a sharply hit grounder shut the door on Carroll.
"It was hot and muggy. This was a game I wanted real bad for the girls. Carroll has beaten No. 2-ranked Harlan and been within one run of Carlisle and ADM," Stoltzfus said. "It was a measuring stick of where we are at."
Darrow got the win, with four runs (one earned), seven hits, one walk and six punch outs.
"Another tough game against G-H who was 13-2 coming into the contest," Stoltzfus said of the second game Saturday.
SL scored first off a Masters single and two bunts by Woodford and Darrow. G-H went up 3-1 but in the fourth SL cut the lead to one when Proczak singled and Brungardt singled to collect the RBI. "Later in the fifth Woodford doubled-almost another homer followed by a double of Morgan Darrow which would score Woodford," said the coach.
Proczak reached on an error and Darrow scored on a sac fly from Lindsay Guenther.
After an hour rain delay, Amber Cords singled, and Maleia Miller re-entered and stole second and scored on a Masters single.
"It was another tough game. The heat I think got to us a little but we pulled together and got the job done. I would have loved to have played (Algona)," said Stoltzfus.