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SL wins 15th straight, avenges another Lakes loss

Monday, July 2, 2007

Only two teams have topped Storm Lake in league play.

After Wednesday, neither could say they beat the Tornadoes twice.

Morgan Darrow struck out eight batters over seven innings, Michaela Brungardt drove in two runs, and one of the state's hottest softball teams stayed sizzling, as Storm Lake avenged an early season loss to Le Mars with a 6-0 win Wednesday.

It was the 15th straight win for the Tornadoes, who improved to 21-4 on the year and 9-2 in the Lakes Conference.

The Bulldogs had beaten SL 3-1 back on June 6. The only other team to beat the Tornadoes in the Lakes thus far is Estherville-Lincoln Central, but Storm Lake avenged that loss as well this week.

"Scoring early does wonders for your team," said Tornadoes coach Jason Stoltzfus, whose club put up three runs on two errors and a hit in the first inning. "We took advantage of all their miscues. We played solid defense. Michaela Brungardt relayed to Nicole Martin and to Slone Masters to squash one of three scoring chances. Morgan pitched a fine game.

"This was a game we wanted pretty bad. We were hopped up in the beginning; once we calmed down a bit, we got stronger as the game went on."

The Tornadoes won despite being out-hit 7-4. Le Mars, however, came undone with seven errors.

Darrow hit two doubles for Storm Lake, while Brungardt and Amber Woodford both hit a single.

Mylea Zimmerman, Lindsay Guenther, Amanda Proczak and Darrow all drove in a run, while Woodford and courtesy runner Amy Kessler scored a co-team-best two runs each.

In the JV game, Le Mars came out on top 3-2. Storm Lake had six hits and the Bulldogs three, but the Tornadoes made five errors, two more than Le Mars.

Katie Blum took the pitching loss and Jordan Bauer had two hits to lead SL at the plate.

The Tornadoes dipped to 8-4-2 on the year.

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