The inconsistency offensively was evident on Wednesday night.
Storm Lake scored just one run and struck out 11 times in the first game, but then scored six runs in the first inning of the nightcap to salvage a split of a doubleheader with Estherville.
Storm Lake dropped the opener 10-1 before winning the nightcap 11-1.
Nick Sorbe picked up the win in the second game. He allowed three hits, no earned runs, walked none and struck out seven over five innings.
Storm Lake had nine hits in the game. Adam Thompson and Brady Miller each had two hits and drove in a run for the Tornadoes.
Mike Miller added an RBI single, while Phil Smith and Bob Blanchard each knocked in a run with a double. Blanchard also made two diving catches in the outfield. Ryan Brock was credited with two RBIs.
Storm Lake had four hits in the first game. Sorbe drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly. Brock suffered the loss.
Storm Lake is now 6-2 in the league and 9-6 overall.
"Sorbe has been unbelievable," Storm Lake coach Steve Eddie said. "He has done a great job. He just keeps hitters off balance. He throws a lot of pitches on the outside part of the plate and then he'll bust them inside once in a while."
"We're in a situation where we can't afford another loss in the conference if we're going to win it," Eddie added. "I think we can run the table, but we need to be a lot more consistent offensively."
Storm Lake St. Mary's 4
Eight errors were simply too much to overcome.
That's what Storm Lake St. Mary's made, and Sentral made the Panthers pay with a win on Thursday night.
Jeff Speers had a pair of doubles, while Kevin Brown John Mach and Ryan Gessner all added two singles apiece. Joey McCollum, Gessner and Billy Mach each had an RBI single.
Joe Fitzgerald allowed five hits and one earned run in 4 1/3 innings. Gessner took the loss. He allowed one hit and two unearned runs in one inning.
The Panthers are 9-7 overall.
Alta 11, Laurens-Marathon 5
Jim Braunschweig and Thomas Allerdings had two hits apiece, and Heath Glienke scattered 10 hits over seven innings as Alta knocked off Laurens-Marathon on Thursday night at Alta.
Alta had 10 hits in the game. Matt Page and Josh Droegmiller each had a two-run single. Glienke delivered an RBI double, while Dru Leyden, Jake Galligan and Allerdings each had an RBI single
Braunschweig and Leyden scored three runs apiece. Glienke allowed four earned runs, walked two and struck out five.
"We left the bases loaded three innings in a row," Alta coach Jerry Braunschweig said. "We need to do a better job of capitalizing in those situations. Heath pitched well for his first start and our defense made some nice plays to help him."
Albert City-Truesdale 13
Brian Aronson, Jake Heuton and Tyler Hogrefe all collected three hits apiece, and Josh Hyde clubbed a three-run home run to help power Albert City-Truesdale to a Northwest Conference win over Aurelia on Wednesday night at Aurelia.
AC-T took a 13-4 lead into the seventh inning before Aurelia plated seven runs in the frame to make it interesting.
Aronson had three doubles and scored three runs, while Heuton had a double and drove in four runs. Hogrefe scored two runs.
Hyde had two hits, including his fourth homer of the season. Tim Hogrefe added two hits and scored two runs. Brandon Erickson knocked in three runs.
Erickson was the winning pitcher. He allowed 11 hits, six earned runs, walked three and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings.
AC-T is now 2-6 in the league and 5-7 overall.
AC-T trailed 4-0 after five innings when it erupted for eight runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh.
"I was proud of how our team came back in the sixth inning," AC-T coach Josh Lullmann said. "We started to do a much better job at the plate. We began taking a few more pitches and swinging at strikes, which led to more line drives."
Jason Ripke went 3-for-3 and Kyle Stauter improved to 5-0 on the mound as Newell-Fonda got past Pomeroy-Palmer in a Northwest Conference game.
The Mustangs had nine hits in the game. Ripke had three singles and an RBI. Blake Rieman, Austin Wells and Matt Stauter each had an RBI single.
Stauter scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out nine over seven innings.
Newell-Fonda is now 5-2 in the league and 10-3 overall.
Alta 6, Sac City 5
Josh Droegmiller scattered five hits and struck out eight in going the distance to help lead Alta to a Northwest Conference win over Sac City.
Droegmiller allowed four earned runs and walked two.
Jake Galligan had a pair of singles and drove in two runs. Droegmiller had two singles and one RBI. Dru Leyden also added an RBI single.