Storm Lake 6, Spencer 3
The Tornadoes stormed out to an early lead against Lakes Conference rival Spencer Monday night, piling on five runs in the first inning after Spencer's Chris Lensing had given the Tigers the lead on a solo homer in the top half of the inning.
Courtney Goodchild doubled, Michael McCabe brought him home with an RBI single. Zach Miller singled, followed by three straight doubles from Nolan Cone, Brendan Miller and Carsen Anderson. A couple of Spencer errors helped Storm Lake along as the score stood at 5-1 after the first.
Both teams settled down for several innings, with Spencer starter Nick Tjebben allowing only two Storm Lake baserunners over the next three frames.
Spencer tightened things up with two runs in the sixth, with Storm Lake answering with a run in the bottom half of the inning, as Tony Pertzborn laced a one-out triple and scored on a single by Jeff Kofmehl.
Each team had seven hits.
Senior Ben Seaman improved his record to 3-0 on the mound for Storm Lake, going the distance with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Pertzborn led Storm Lake at the plate, going two-for-three. Austin Peterson had three hits to lead Spencer.
"We played errorless defense, and our pitchers have been doing a very good job, and aren't putting people on with walks," Storm Lake Coach Bill McCabe said.
The win was a big one, over a team that has been projected to be a strong competitor for the Lakes crown, McCabe said.
For Spencer, it has been a frustrating stretch, with the Storm Lake game being their third straight loss against Lakes teams.
"We had a couple miscues on defense that opened up the door for them to jump out," said Spencer head coach Brian Dirkx. "When you're playing from behind, guys will try to do too much with one plate appearance, which I think is what led to us chasing balls out of the strike zone."
Storm Lake, ranked sixth in 3A, was scheduled to play Cherokee last night, the number one team in 2A, with only one loss on the season, to Siouux City East. Storm Lake, now 13-1, is at Spirit Lake on Friday.
St. Mary's 14, Sioux Central 4
STORM LAKE - Senior Ryan Drey got his first and second wins of the season in well under 24 hours this week, as his St. Mary's Panthers improved to 4-0 in Northwest Conference play.
Drey threw a five-inning one-hitter to dismantle Sioux Central Monday night, striking out four and walking three. Tuesday morning, Newell-Fonda returned to town to finish a lightning-suspended game from earlier that Drey had started, and Jon Foell threw three-innings of one-hit ball to get the save.
Panther coach Ryan Berg described the Sioux Central game as an "ugly" one.
SM got three runs in the first inning on just one hit, an Evan Smith two-RBI double, helped along by three SC walks and two hit batters.
In the third, SM had three hits, translating into three runs with the help of wild pitches and errors. In the fifth, seven more runs scored on a couple of hits and more defensive miscues to end it by ten-run rule.
When the smoke cleared, St. Mary's had scored 14 runs off only six hits, led by Smith's two hits and two RBIs.
St. Marys, 10, Newell-Fonda 2
STORM LAKE - Lightning may have interrupted the game in the fourth inning last week, but St. Mary's bats had a few more bolts to deliver Tuesday morning as the contest was finished.
Leading 7-2 as it resumed, Jon Foell reached on an error in the sixth, Ryan Drey singled, Alec Kestel walked and Michael Ivey drove in two runs with a single. The final run scored on a ground out.
Ryan Drey had pitched four innings of four-hit ball last week, and Jon Foell finished up three innings Tuesday with one hit, no walks and three strikeouts.
After struggling on defense in some of their recent games, the Panthers gave up little to the Mustangs.
Despite the lopsided score, SM only outhit NF by six base knocks to five, but three NF errors and several passed balls with runners on third didn't help the Mustangs' cause.
Foell had a single and a double for SM, Ivey was 2-2 with three RBIs.
St. Mary's is 7-5, and 4-0 in the conference, just two games short of the first pass through the conference matchups.
The Panthers are at Sioux Central (Peterson) Friday, and host Clay Central-Everly Monday.
Alta 3, Manson 2
MANSON - Alta's dugout was a case of the walking wounded, but they came from behind in the seventh and final inning to edge Manson Northwest Webster Tuesday night, 3-2.
For Alta, Jake Bibler is hobbling on a bum ankle, and Jack Mills was unable to go due to an injury in football camp.
"Despite out injuries, our guys really stepped it up and played a fine game," Coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "We kept battling to the end."
Manson scored first with a run in the third, which Alta matched in the fourth. Manson grabbed a 2-1 lead with another run in the fifth. After a scoreless sixth, Alta plated two runs in the top of the seventh to win.
Ryan Friedrich went all seven innings for Alta, giving up six hits and one walk, while striking out five. Alta had two errors, Manson none.
Ben Stevens had two hits and an RBI for the Cyclones. Scott Radke smacked a triple, and Andrew Allerdngs and Chris Schmitz each drove in a run.
Alta is now 11-3, 1-1 in the conference.
Sioux Central 5, Laurens-Marathon 4
PETERSON - Two evenly-matched local teams gave fans a barnburner of a game Monday night, as Sioux Central prevailed 5-4 in a contest that came down to the final pitch.
"It was just a good, well-played game by both sides," SC Coach Jeff Scharn said.
Trevor Tiefenthaler set the tone in the first inning, getting on with a single, stealing second, and getting to third and then home on wild pitches. LM answered with two runs on two walks and a double in the second, and Gary Brechler clobbered a solo homer in the third to put the Chargers up 3-1.
Stuart Goslinga brought the Rebels back with a single swing, crushing a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, in the third.
Goslinga also pitched for Sioux Central and got the win, but began to tire in the fifth and walked a couple of batters. Scharn brought in Colin Hogrefe to put out the fire and claim the save.
SC scored twice more to go up 5-3, but LM rallied with back-to-back doubles in the seventh, and had the tying run on third with one hit when Hogrefe thew a clutch strikeout and enticed the final batter into a fly-out.
Sioux Central moves to 6-6 on the season, 2-1 in the Northwest Conference. Laurens-Marathon is 5-6.
"We knew it would take some time with a young team this year - we've won close games and we've losed close games in the past several days," Scharn said.
The Rebels host Pocahontas Area tonight and Storm Lake St. Mary's on Friday.