Storm Lake's freshman softball team dropped a pair of contests to Estherville Tuesday in Storm Lake, by scores of 4-3 and 9-5.
In the first game, the Tornadoes led 2-1 going into the last stanza. Estherville's top of the lineup came up, and they took advantage, with a walk and three base hits.
Three of the Midgets' four hits came in that frame, in which they scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the final inning, Jamie Cords tripled but the Twisters could only manage one run.
"We had our chances to win or tie but could not take advantage of them and made some costly mistakes along with four errors," said Tornadoes coach John Brostad.
"We out-hit them 7-4 but had costly physical and mental errors."
Cords, Emily Deters and Katelyn Goodchild all had two hits for SL, while Cords had two RBIs. Megan Thompson and Jordan Bauer both had a hit as well.
Bauer took the loss, giving up four hits, walking three and striking out five.
In Game 2 SL started out slow before tying things up at 5-5, but the Midgets put the game away with four runs in the final inning.
In that contest, Goodchild had two doubles, scored a run, and had two RBIs. Deters had a hit, scored a run and had an RBI. Jackie Brungardt had a hit and an RBI, and Priscilla Rebollozo and Katelyn Larson each had a hit and scored a run. Thompson also scored a run.
Thompson swallowed the loss, giving up 10 hits while walking two and striking out two.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Tornadoes split a pair of games with South O'Brien in Calumet, winning the first one, 9-2, and dropping the second, 8-3.
In Game 1, the Tornadoes broke open a tight game by scoring five runs in the fifth to put the game away. Cords led the way, going 3-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. Larson had two hits, while Myriah Noble, Brungardt and Bauer all had a hit.
Bauer logged the 'W,' handcuffing the Wolverines to two hits and no earned runs, while walking three and fanning seven.
In Game 2, South O'Brien broke a 3-all tie with five runs in the fourth to put the game away. Four Storm Lake errors also proved costly.
Deters laced two hits, including a double, while Noble tripled and Larson singled. Amanda Helmbrecht scored a run, and Thompson took the loss, giving up six hits, walking none and striking out two.
The Tornadoes' July 2 game with Emmetsburg at SL has been canceled.
The freshmen finish the season July 3 with a doubleheader at Le Mars beginning at 1 p.m.