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Tornadoes rebound to earn split at Sheldon

Monday, June 10, 2002

The Storm Lake Tornadoes bounced back from a tough 9-2 loss in the first game of a doubleheader at Sheldon Thursday night to win the nightcap in convincing fashion, 11-5.

Sheldon 9

Storm Lake 2

The opening game started off in positive fashion for Storm Lake, as Nick Sorbe and Mike Miller each had RBI singles to give the Tornadoes a 2-0 lead. However, Sheldon used Tornado errors to put together five runs in the fourth inning, and never looked back, winning the contest, 9-2.

In addition to the lapses in the field, Storm Lake also squandered several chances to score in the game, and Tornado coach Steve Eddie said the loss was a disheartening one for his club.

"This was probably our worst game of the year overall," Eddie said. "We just didn't play very well at all. We didn't have a good feeling about how we played after the game got over."

Eight players for Storm Lake each collected one hit, but the Tornadoes were unable to put together any rallies after the first inning, as the Orabs used solid defense and good pitching to keep the SL bats quiet in the final six innings.

"We just couldn't get anything started," Eddie said. "We had hits but we couldn't bunch them up into any kind of rally at all."

Storm Lake 11

Sheldon 5

Storm Lake took out its frustration on the Orabs from the beginning, as the Tornadoes scored seven times in the first inning to take command of the contest and paste a convincing 11-5 conference win.

Nick Sorbe pitched a complete game for the Tornadoes, while Jeff DeHaan led the red-hot Storm Lake attack with two doubles and two RBI in the game.

Eddie said he was very happy with the performance after the tough loss in the opening game.

"I think the way the guys came back and responded was pretty awesome," Eddie said. "They could have easily stayed down and kept their heads down and got beat again, but they came back and really played well. It was impressive. It could potentially be the biggest game for us because of the way we came back after the first game."

Tim Brink went 2-3 with two RBI, Jesse Smith went 2-2 with a double and RBI and Mike Miller and Phil Smith each had a pair of hits for Storm Lake.

"Everybody contributed in this game and it was a great win," Eddie said. "Hopefully we'll maintain our confidence and intensity from this game throughout the rest of the season."

The team next plays at North Kossuth on Tuesday night.

Sioux Central 18

Albert City-Truesdale 5

Alex Rehnstrom went 4-5 and scored four runs and Sioux Central netted 16 hits against Albert City-Truesdale pitching as the Rebels defeated the Hurricanes, 18-5.

Kyle Rehnstrom had six RBI, including two home runs, and Eric Ehlers, the number-eight hitter for Sioux Central, had five runs batted in on the evening.

Sioux Central scored three in the first and second innings and six runs in the fourth and sixth innings in the Wednesday night contest.

Newell-Fonda 9

Schaller-Crestland 6

Newell-Fonda used a five-run third inning to come back from an early 5-0 deficit and added runs in the fourth and sixth innings to pull out a tight Northwest Conference victory on Wednesday night.

Jason Ripke hit a solo shot and Blake Rieman, Austin Wells and Aaron Bland reached base after that, setting the stage for number-seven hitter Anthony Wadle's grand slam in the third.

Evan Johnson went 2-3 with two runs batted in for Schaller-Crestland, while Adam Barlow reached base four times with two hits and two walks.

Sioux Central 10

Aurelia 0

Sioux Central put together an eight-run first inning en route to a 10-0 victory over Aurelia on Tuesday night.

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