Blum blooming for SL, shuts out Manson, WC
Storm Lake 14, Hull 0
HULL - Storm Lake came out like "gangbusters" to run away early with a 14-0 win over Western Christian Monday night.
WC mounted a threat in the first inning, but Storm Lake escaped the jam and Katie Blum turned in another solid game, giving up only four hits and no walks in five innings of work, with half a dozen strikeouts.
The Tornado offense hit the ball hard all night, piling up 14 base knocks; with two hits each by Slone Masters, Nicole Martin, Amber Woodford and Jamie Cords. Meleia Miller had four RBIs, and Blum powered a triple and drove in three runs, also drawing two walks. Masters stole three bases, her whole team's total.
Amanda Proczak is hitting at a .456 clip, with Blum right behind at .400.
The sophomore Blum is 14-4 as a starting pitcher, holding all but one of her team's wins. She has a stingy 0.75 ERA and 88 strikeouts on the season.
Storm Lake improves to 15-7 overall, 6-2 in the Lakes Conference.
They host Emmetsburg tonight and play in the Spencer Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Storm Lake 12, Manson NWW 0
Storm Lake 12, Algona 3
Carroll 12, Storm Lake 2
HUMBOLDT - The Tornadoes were on fire in the first two games of the Humboldt Invitational over the weekend, but "the wheels fell off" in the late going of the championship contest, according to Coach Jason Stoltzfus.
* In the first game, SLHS had one of its best offensive showings of the season, bashing 16 hits as the defense was sharp and pitcher Katie Blum gave up only three hits in four innings.
Slone Masters was 3-for-3 with two runs batted in. Amber Woodford and Amanda Proczak were each 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Jamie Cords, Amy Kessler and Nicole Martin were all 2-for-2, with Michaela Brungardt knocking in three RBIs.
* In game two, Blum again went the distance for her second win of the day, scattering seven hits and just one walk over seven innings as Storm Lake punished Algona 12-3. Nicole Martin at shortstop had six assists on defense, while SLHS gave out only one error. Martin, Proczak, Miller, Blum and Woodford all had two hits.
* In the championship game, Carroll and Storm Lake were tied 2-2 going into the sixth when Storm Lake's defense began to crack. Errors at critical times let two unearned runs come in for Carroll, who then ran away with it 12-2. Jordan Bauer took the loss, giving up 10 hits.
"Our performance against Carroll was disappointing - we were neck and neck," Coach Stoltzfus said. "This sets up a rematch in the first round of Regionals. Carroll is playing really tough, so it will take a lot of hard work in the coming weeks."
Four days, four wins for Alta; Bibler smacks grand slam
Alta 13, Schaller-Crestland 0
ALTA - The Cyclone girls continued their hot streak with their fourth shutout and sixth win in the past week, a 13-0 softball lesson chalked up against Schaller-Crestland Monday.
Jessy Bibler followed up her back-to-back perfect games with a three-strikeout one-hitter.
The freshman-heavy Alta team played errorless ball and ran the bases well, as batters laced out 11 hits, including Bibler's grand slam homer over the wall in left center. Emily Grieme, Jordan Henningsen and Haley Payne all had two hits each and drove in runs for Alta.
Alta had defeated Aurelia on Friday, 14-0, and beat IKM 5-4 and BCIG 12-5 on Saturday to take the championship in the IKM Classic. Bibler got wins in both games, giving up only one earned run for the day, and at the plate she went 6-for-7 with a home tun, while Hannah Glienke had four hits. Geneva Heschke, Hillary Glienke and Jordan Henningsen each had three hits on the day.
"We have two weeks until the end of the season and we are starting to gel," said Cyclone coach Dave Turnquist.
Rebels edge SM
Sioux Central 5, St. Mary's 4
PETERSON - After exploding for 16 hits on Tuesday against East Sac County, the Sioux Central Rebels kept the bats going Friday night against Storm Lake St Mary's with another eight hits in a 6-4 win over the Panthers.
Brooke Scharn notched her 11th win of the season, pitching a complete game and only allowing three hits.
St. Mary's scored the first run of the game in the second inning on a leadoff single, a sacrifice, and two passed balls.
The Rebels threatened in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with one out, but the Panthers escaped the early jam by turning a double play off of an infield fly.
Scharn helped her own cause, kicking off the scoring in the Rebels' three-run third inning with an RBI triple.
After St Mary's added a run in the top of the fifth, Sioux Central would put together another three-run inning, highlighted by Steph Thompson's two-RBI single.
However, the Panthers would not quit, scoring two runs in the sixth inning. After loading the bases, two runs would score following a passed ball and an infield hit. In the seventh, though, Scharn shut the door as the Rebels held on for the 6-4 victory.
St. Mary's statistics were not available at presstime.
* Sioux Central continued their win steak into this week, topping Aurelia 12-8. Stoner and Scharn combined to allow six hits, and only two of the Bulldog runs were earned. Scharn had three hits at the plate including a double and triple, and Grace Rehnstrom had three hits. The wins put Sioux Central at 13-4 on the season, now 2-2 in the Northwest Conference after their 0-2 start.
Erin Laursen took the loss for Aurelia, but went 3-for-3 at the plate, and Audrey Winterhof was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored.
"This was by far our best offensive game of the year," Aurelia coach Jason Heeran said. "A few miscues on defense may have cost us this one but I am proud of how well we improved from Saturday."
Remsen Union 6, Aurelia 1
CO-U 12, Aurelia 2
Akron Westfield Tournament - Aurelia scored its run in the third and led into the bottom of the fifth in game one, when Remsen Union revved up for three runs each in the fifth and sixth to win it.
Erin Laursen got the loss, although she threw a nice three-hitter over six innings.
Leah Kai was 2-for-2 with a double and a triple and a walk for the Bulldogs; Erin Laursen was 2-for-4. Once again, stranded runners hurt Aurelia.
In the second contest, Audrey Winterhof was game in her first varsity start, but an eight-run third inning explosion by CO-U took the game out of the hands of the Bulldogs, who had led 2-0. Winterhof gave up seven hits in four innings and walked 10. Audrey Winterhof, Courney Bruce, and Heather Ballantyne each had one hit apiece.
Odebolt-Arthur 2, Galva-Holstein 1
GALVA - The Galva-Holstein Softball team gave a valiant effort but came up a little short againist the 9th ranked O-A softball team in a 2-1 loss Tuesday.
Both teams made outstanding plays on defense, and it was a cliffhanger until O-A was able to string a couple of hits together and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
G-H got another strong pitching performance from Jaime Christensen as she went all seven innings and gave up just four hits, one walk and one earned run, striking out five. Leading the way at the plate for G-H was Heather Joslin who went 2-3 with a double and scored the lone run. Also getting a double was Brooke Weise.
Lady Pirates Coach Scott Phelps said his team gave a good effort. "We had our chances to win but we left to many runners on and couldn't get the big hit when we needed it. Our defense played strong and we put the ball into play but we just couldn't get a break when we needed one."
G-H now goes to 12-8 overall and 7-2 in the conference.
Storm Lake St. Mary's 1
GALVA - The Galva-Holstein softball team won for the 10th time in their last 12 games by defeating Storm Lake St. Mary's 7-1 at the Galva field on Monday night. Jaime Christensen pitched 7 strong innings and threw a no-hitter for G-H. She had no walks but gave up an unearned run, striking out 11 Panthers.
Leading the way at the plate for G-H were Heather Joslin who went 2-4 with a double and four RBIs, Lindsey Joslin, 3-for-4 with an RBI and scoring two runs, Brea Slaybaugh at 2-for-4 scoring two runs and stealing two bases, and Kara Slaybaugh 2-4 scoring two runs with an RBI.
* Galva-Holstein won two of three games at the Rockwell City/Lytton Tournament Saturday, beating RC-L. G-H then defeated Twin River Valley 17-3 in 6 innings. In game 3 G-H faced #8 ranked Newell-Fonda and was defeated 10-0 in six innings.
9th Grade: SLHS 8, Cherokee 6
Cherokee 5, SLHS 1
Storm Lake's Megan Thompson struck out the final batter with a 3-2 count and the bases loaded to seal the win. She gave up eight hits. Katelyn Goodchild was 2 for 2 with a triple, 2 RBI's and scored a run. Kenzie Smith had a double, scored a run, and had an RBI. Megan Thompson had a hit, scored a run, and had 2 RBI's. Alyssa Solem had an RBI hit and scored.
Good individual defensive plays overcame six errors.
In game two, Tori Peck took the loss, giving up five hits. Kristin Anderson pitched the last two innings and gave up one hit.
Katelyn Goodchild, Kenzie Smith, and Jackie Brunghardt each had one hit. SL gave up four more errors.
The 9th graders host a doubleheader with Sheldon today and Spencer Thursday.
Storm Lake 14U Youth Softball
Storm Lake beat Spencer A, Laurens and Spencer B, and lost to Okoboji 5-4, to claim second place in their weekend tournament.
Winning pitchers for Storm Lake were Mandy Wolver, Jasmine Demers and Holly Keenan. Leading in hitting were Mary Rose Timko, Jodie Wendt and Madison Laven.
The 14-and-up team is 9-2 in tournaments.