Tom Behm pitched seven strong innings against Sioux Central on Friday and Brady Miller struck out six in four innings against Schaller-Crestland as the Storm Lake baseball team picked up two wins this weekend in the Storm Lake Invitational.
Storm Lake 7
Sioux Center 2
Behm scattered three hits and struck out five in a 7-2 win over Sioux Center, and allowed no runs until the fifth inning, when SC was able to score one earned and one unearned run.
The victory pushed Behm's record to 2-0 on the season, and Tornado coach Steve Eddie said it was a good performance by the senior.
"Tom Behm pitched a great game," Eddie said. "He had excellent stuff, and he kept them off-balance for most of the night."
Behm's teammates helped him out from the beginning, as Jeff DeHaan's two-run home run keyed a four-run first inning for Storm Lake. DeHaan then blasted a triple in the second inning, leading to two more runs.
Alta 7, Storm Lake 5
Storm Lake scored five runs in the final three innings to pull within two runs of Alta in the seventh, but the rally ended with the tying run on second base as the Cyclones prevailed, 7-5.
Alta jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead over the Tornadoes, touching SL starter Phil Smith for four runs in two innings of work. Ryan Brock threw the final four innings in relief, and gave up three runs.
The Tornadoes were unable to score off Cyclones starter Josh Droegmiller until the fifth, when they crossed the plate twice. SL scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh before the third out was recorded to end the game.
Nick Sorbe went 2-4 with a double and an RBI for Storm Lake, while Brock and Brady Miller each also drove in a run. Jamie Hammer and Droegmiller each had three RBI for Alta, while Dru Leyden had three hits and scored three runs for the Cyclones.
"This was a great game for us, because we saw some good pitching, and we hit some balls pretty hard that were right at people," Eddie said. "This game will help us in our conference season."
Storm Lake 13
Brady Miller picked up his first win of the season with a four-hit performance and the Storm Lake bats exploded against Schaller-Crestland, as the Tornadoes beat the Wildcats, 13-3, in six innings.
Storm Lake scored four runs in the first frame, and then added one in the second, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth inning to pick up the 10-run win.
Adam Thompson was 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Jeff DeHaan was 1-3 with two RBI, Ryan Brock went 3-3 with one RBI and two runs scored and Tim Brink drove home two runs in his only plate appearance.
The win lifted Storm Lake's record to 5-3. The Tornadoes will play tonight at home against Newell-Fonda and will travel to Sheldon for a doubleheader on Thursday.
Alta 6, WLVA 5
(SL Invite Championship)
Jamie Hammer threw a complete game and Josh Droegmiller went 3-4 and scored three runs as Alta went on to win the Storm Lake Invite Championship over Wall Lake View-Auburn, 6-5.
Alta scored five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit, and held off a late charge by WLVA in the top of the seventh to secure the victory.
Hammer allowed four earned runs on nine hits and struck out three, and also contributed at the plate with one hit. Thomas Allerdings knocked in two runs while Jake Galligan also added an RBI hit for Alta.
"Winning this tournament took playing solid baseball against two quality baseball teams," Braunschweig said. "This will boost our confidence level, but we have a tough schedule and will need to continue playing hard."
Pomeroy-Palmer 7, Alta 6
Pomeroy-Palmer scored twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh to capture a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind road win over Alta on Friday night.
Rockwell City-Lytton 3
Newell-Fonda won the championship game of the Newell-Fonda Invitational with a 5-3 win over Rockwell City-Lytton. Jesse Rieman (1-1) was the winning pitcher for N-F, allowing two runs on four hits.