Fort Dodge 5, Storm Lake 2
Storm Lake, 8, Fort Dodge 3
"Playing up" is a Storm Lake credo, and they like nothing better than to catch hold of a team from Fort Dodge or Sioux City.
"That's how you find out how good you are," Storm Lake softball coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "Taking on the bigger schools is how you get better."
And that's just what Storm Lake did on Tuesday night - got better, in a hurry.
In game one, a workmanlike Dodger team scored two in the first, one in the fifth an two in the seventh inning.
Storm Lake made their rally bid in the fourth. Amber Woodford singled, was bunted over by Amanda Proczak, and scored on a triple by Michaela Brungardt. Maleia Miller singled Brungardt home.
Storm Lake had other scoring chances, and hit the ball hard, but often right at Fort Dodge fielders.
Sophomore Jordan Bauer got her second start for Storm Lake, giving up seven hits, three walks and three earned runs.
Game two seemed destined to be more of the same, as the Dodgers jumped to a 3-0 lead through three innings.
"I called the girls in and told them they could hit that pitcher, but they would have to claw their way back in, and that's just what they did," Stoltzus said.
Nicole Martin led things off with a double in the bottom of the fourth. Proczak hit a moon-rocket double to drive in two runs, and Miller had another timely single to score Proczak and close the gap to 2-1.
The Storm Lake girls sharpened their claws again in the fifth, starting with a double from Katelyn Goodchild in the ninth slot. Martin and Slone Masters singled, Woodford walked, and Proczak hit a sizzling double through for two more RBIs. Brungardt, Miller and pitcher Katie Blum followed with a parade of singles to account for Storm Lake's eight run total.
Blum threw a five-hitter at Fort Dodge, walking only one and striking out three.
After a hard conference loss to Spencer the previous night, knocking off Fort Dodge was just what the Tornadoes needed, Stoltzfus said.
"Top to bottom, this was our best hitting performance of the season. We had some girls slumping, but everybody did something great in this game to beat a very impressive team."
Storm Lake stands at 11-6, with several one-run losses. "We were one hit away in all of those losses. We have stranded 140 runners in those six losses - that's just unbelievable. That's how close we are to being a team that could be undefeated," Stoltzfus said.
The Lakes Conference race is taking shape early.
Spencer and Estherville each have one loss, and Storm Lake is right behind at 4-2.
The Tornadoes are in Spirit Lake tonight, and play in the Humboldt Tournament Saturday.
Spencer 3, Storm Lake 1
STORM LAKE - After seven years, Spencer finally found Storm Lake's number. Monday.
Winless against Storm Lake during head coach Greg Jones' tenure - a streak that had reached more than 15 games - the Lakes Conference rival Tigers scored one run apiece in the final two innings, including a go-ahead single from Emily Wassom in the sixth, and Jami Webster retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced, helping the Tigers overcome Storm Lake 3-1.
Storm Lake Coach Jason Stoltzfus called it "a game of missed opportunities."
"We had our chances to score and didn't get it done," he said. "It was a tough loss. Spencer executed and we didn't."
The Tigers see the game as a turning point.
"This is definitely a big win for the team, the program and the coaching staff, no doubt about it," said Jones.
Webster gave up Storm Lake's lone run on six hits, allowed no walks and struck out seven, keeping Tornado hitters off balance with an effective changeup.
The Tigers escaped back-to-back jams in the second and third innings. Storm Lake loaded the bases with one out on an error and two singles in the second. Webster induced a pop out to third and a ground out to short to escape the threat.
One inning later, with the tying run already in, Storm Lake put runners on the corners with two outs. Webster and catcher Liz Doppenberg stopped the rally, however, recording the third out at home plate when Storm Lake second baseman Amber Woodford attempted to score on a wild pitch.
Storm Lake managed just two base runners the rest of the way, giving up a fourth-inning single to Maleia Miller and a fifth-inning base hit to Nicole Martin.
The Tigers took an early lead, going up 1-0 in the top of the first on an RBI double from Doppenberg. Just one Spencer base runner reached over the next four innings as Storm Lake pitcher Katie Blum retired 12 out of 13 consecutive batters. Spencer went ahead on a one-out double in the sixth, and added a run in the seventh.
Blum scattered five hits in the loss, striking out one, walking none and giving up two earned runs. Storm Lake committed one error.
Spencer is 12-3, and the win makes them 5-1 in the conference.
* JV - Storm Lake 7,
Katelyn Goodchild had an RBI triple, and Jamie Cords hit two-for-three on the game.
9th Grade -
Storm Lake 8, Spencer 3
torm Lake 10, Spencer 9
SPENCER - Megan Thompon picked up a win over the Tiger, scattering seven hits, striking out five, and walking none Tuesday.
Kenzie Smith had two hits, scored three runs and had two RBIs. Katelyn Larson had a double and scored two runs along with having three assists on defense in the last inning to seal the win. Kristin Anderson had a hit, scored a run and had two RBI's. Ashley Solem had a hit, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI. Jackie Brungardt had a hit and an RBI. Jodi Wendt had a hit and an RBI. Megan Thomnpson and Katelyn Goodchild each scored a run.
In game two, Storm Lake struggled after having an 8-3 lead, but held on for the win. Tori Peck picked up the win with Kristen Anderson getting the save. Each gave up four hits. Kristen struck out the final batter with the tying and winning runs on base. Also in the last inning, Tori Peck threw out a runner at 3rd base from left field, after the runner had rounded the bag.
"It was an exciting last inning with Storm Lake getting out of a couple of jams," Coach John Brostad said.
The 9th graders' next action is Friday at home vs. Cherokee in makeup games.
St. Mary's 6, Schaller-Crestland 2
STORM LAKE - Robyn Bredvick and Jen Dimig continued to provide a potent one-two punch as St. Mary's got off to a fast start in putting away Schaller-Crestland 6-2 Monday night.
The game had to be moved due to wet field conditions in Early, but the sun was shining for the Panther offense, as Bredvick led off the first with a double and scored on an Emily Mohr RBI single. Mohr then stole and scored on Olivia Jensen's single.
They picked up the second inning where they left off, Cassie Todd singling and stealing as Bredvick smashed an RBI triple.
Not to be left out, Dimig jacked a solo homer over the center field fence in the third. Cassie Todd led off with another single and steal in the fourth, scoring on a single by Bredvick, who then scored on a single by Dimig.
For the night, Robyn had three hits including a triple and double and scored twice. Dimig was two-for-three with a dinger, and Jensen and Todd each went two-for-three.
Jensen went the distance in the circle, allowing just four hits, one walk and no earned runs in seven innings, and whiffed six hitters.
St. Mary's is 4-9 on the season. They are at Sioux Central Friday and at Galva-Holstein Monday in Galva.
Odebolt-Arthur 7, Alta 3
ALTA - Alta led into the top of the sixth Monday night, when Odebolt-Arthur capitalized on three Cyclone errors for the comeback win 7-3.
Jessy Bibler pitched all seven innings for Alta, giving up eight hits, but all of O-A's runs were unearned.
Alta's offense was led by Emily Grieme who was 3-3 with an RBI, Chelsea Brugman who was 2-3 with a steal and two runs scored, and Jordan Henningsen who was 2-4 with a steal.
Sioux Central 8, East Sac 1
Peterson - Sioux Central sophomore Brooke Scharn ran her record to 10-4 by throwing a three-hitter against East Sac, ringing up five strikeouts along the way.
East Sac jumped to an early lead, scoring their lone run in the top of the first. The Rebels hit early and often, piling up two runs in the first, three in the second, two in the third and one in the first.
Brittney Rebhuhn had four hits for SC, Sharn three hits including a triple, Allie Swanson two hits including a triple, Breanna Ehlers two hits including a double, and Steph Thompson two hits.
The Rebels have a nifty 11-4 season record, but a hard-luck 0-2 Northwest Conference mark, having faced two of the league's marquee pitchers in their first two outings against Newell-Fonda and Alta.
"If we keep playing the way we did here, that record is going to heal up - we'll be tough," Coach Dave Riley said.
The Rebels host Lake City Thursday and St. Mary's Friday, then travel to the MMC Tourney over the weekend.
Newell-Fonda 9, Aurelia 0
AURELIA - Aurelia came up against one of the best teams in northwest Iowa Monday night and hung tough.
Newell-Fonda's well-oiled machine produced single runs in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, then made a statement with five in the seventh.
They piled up 14 hits to just two for Aurelia.
Taking the loss was Erin Laursen, who struck out five and walked three. Heather Ballantyne and Lea Kai each had a hit for Aurelia, Leah spanking a double through the stingy Mustang defense.
Bulldogs coach Jason Heeran was proud of his team's performance. "It's always fun to play against one of the best to see how you do," he said. "We played solid defense behind great pitching and catching... offensively, we went to the plate swinging, and we put a lot of balls in play. This was a great ball game for us to build on."
NF stats were not available at presstime.
Aurelia was coming off a 4-3 win over Ruthven-Ayrshire, with Erin Laursen throwing a seven-inning three-hitter, striking out six and walking two, while Leah Kai was two for four at the plate and stole a base for the Bulldogs.
Galva-Holstein 8, Remsen Union 2
The Galva-Holstein Softball team improved to 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference with a 8-2 win over
Remsen-Union on Monday night.
Leading the Pirates on the mound was sophomore pitcher Jaime Christensen with
7 strong innings. She gave up two unearned runs on three hits, two walks and 5 strikeouts. Leading the way at the plate
were the Joslin sisters, Heather Joslin was 4-4 with two doubles and five RBI's while sister Lindsey was 2-4 and scored three runs. Also getting RBI's were Brooke Weise
and Emily Schiernbeck.
"I was happy with the team's performance over a quality opponent. We put the ball in play, and our defense had zero errrors," GH Coach Scott Phelps said. "The kids are playing hard and learning from game to game.
Galva-Holstein 5, River Valley 4
CORRECTIONVILLE - The Galva-Holstein softball team improved their
overall record to 8-6 and 6-1 in the Maple Valley Conference with a tough 5-4 win over River Valley Tuesday.
Jaime Christensen got the victory on the mound, pitching all seven innings with six hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
At the plant, Brea Slaybaugh went 2-3 with two runs scored for GH, Kara Slaybaugh was 2-3 with a run scored,
Brittany Ridder had a hit and two RBIs. "It was a hard-fought victory, and our kids came from behind. We had one bad inning where we booted the ball around but we stayed tough mentally to give ourselves a chance in the later innings," Coach Scott Phelps said.