Darrow throws no-no against HWC
In a battle between 10th-ranked softball teams, one in Class 4A, the other in 3A, it was the smaller school that won out - twice in a row.
Slone Masters went 3-for-4 with a double, Maleia Miller plated three runs and Morgan Darrow went the distance while allowing five hits in the first game as Storm Lake's softball team took an 8-2, 2-0 doubleheader from Sioux City North Tuesday on senior night at Storm Lake High.
The Tornadoes sent Darrow and left fielder Lindsay Guenther out on a high note with an impressive showing for their fans.
"We came out and jumped on them early. We were very disciplined and made solid contact. It was a night where everything went our way. Defensively we were rock solid," said Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus of the first game.
The Tornadoes (31-7) pounded out 12 hits. Amber Woodford was 2-for-4 with a triple, Mylea Zimmerman went 2-for-3, and Miller also went 2-for-3.
Amanda Proczak had 15 put-outs, while Darrow had four assists. Darrow struck out three and walked two.
"Morgan pitched very smart tonight. It was a great win for her last game on her home field," said Stoltzfus.
In the second game, Katie Blum avenged an earlier loss, striking out three and walking two while getting her seventh win of the season.
"Another fantastic effort. Katie pitched her best game of the year," said Stoltzfus. "I was very proud of her."
The Tornadoes out-hit S.C North 6-2 in the nightcap.
"Defensively it was the Maleia Miller show, as she made two diving catches and threw a girl out at first from right field," said Stoltzfus. "She's like a bolt of lightning that comes out of nowhere."
Proczak scored the first run by doubling and scoring on two wild pitches. Zimmerman then knocked in Darrow for the second run.
One night before that, the Tornadoes blanked league foe Hull Western Christian 5-0 in Storm Lake to improve to 13-2 in the Lakes Conference.
"Morgan Darrow and (catcher) Slone Masters combined efforts for a no-hitter. Western's only runner came on a dropped third strike," said Stoltzfus. "Maleia Miller also contributed to the cause, throwing a potential base runner out at first base on a lined shot from right field. It was a total team effort."
Darrow walked none and fanned five.
Masters and Michaela Brungardt slammed two hits each.
In the JV contest, Blum fired a three-hitter and struck out eight as SL won 4-2. Blum also had the first hit of the game.