Storm Lake's softball team won its 14th straight game Tuesday, sneaking past Newell-Fonda 3-2 in Storm Lake.
"Our upperclassmen came up big to beat a good Newell-Fonda team," said Tornadoes coach Jason Stoltzfus, whose team improved to 20-4.
"The Mustangs put it to us in the sixth. They did everything to go ahead. We were on the ropes, but we came through when we needed to."
Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, the Tornadoes, who are ranked 11th in Class 3A, got a single from senior Morgan Darrow.
Junior first baseman Amanda Proczak then doubled to knock her in and tie the game at 2-2, and senior left fielder Lindsay Guenther singled to right field to knock in Proczak for the eventual game-winning run.
Darrow took the pitching win, giving up five hits and no earned runs while fanning nine and walking none in seven innings.
N-F's Becky Seivert absorbed the loss, allowing five hits, along with a walk and two earned runs over six frames.
Storm Lake committed two errors in the game while N-F made one.
"I was very pleased with our effort and enthusiasm. We played good enough to win, but Storm Lake got a couple of timely hits in the bottom of the sixth that was the difference in the game," said N-F coach Dick Jungers, whose 1A fifth-rated team slipped to 17-6 on the year. "We loaded the bases and scored two in the top of the sixth, where one timely hit could have changed the entire complexion of the game. Becky pitched a great game for us as Storm Lake really struggled to get good contact throughout the night.
"This was a tournament type game where it came down to a couple of plays. I was happy that our kids gave us a good chance to win it; we just need to execute our game one notch better to win games like this one."
Guenther finished with two hits for SL, while Darrow, Proczak and Michaela Brungardt all had one, including a triple from Brungardt in the second stanza.
For the Mustangs, Val Anderson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Karina Overgaard was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Susan Kies and Katelyn Laursen both added hits.
"Our kids are learning how important it is to execute and to take full advantage of opportunities when they present themselves," Jungers said. "This was two very good teams going toe-to-toe and we fell a little short this time around."
Storm Lake's JV team worked past Estherville-Lincoln Central 6-5 Monday, then dropped a 5-2 decision to Newell-Fonda the next night, with both games taking place in Storm Lake.
That left the Tornadoes with a record of 6-3-2.
In the E-LC game, Katelyn Goodchild went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and five RBIs. Megan Thompson finished 1-for-2.
Katie Blum pitched a five-hitter, allowing two earned runs.
Blum suffered the loss in the Newell-Fonda contest.
Stoltzfus called the game "a great battle. Newell threw us out twice at the plate, which might have been the difference," he said.