Welcome to Class 3A.
After being in Class 2A for a number of years, Storm Lake is playing its first season of softball in a new class this summer. The Tornadoes got a taste of it on Monday night as Sioux City East, ranked 14th in the state, swept a doubleheader by scores of 8-4 and 6-0 in Sioux City.
Storm Lake totaled 10 hits in the first game off winning pitcher Gina Jahr. Molly Daniels and Mel Fisher had two apiece. Jenny Woodford and Heather Storm each had an RBI single, while Billie Blanchard and Trish Halder each belted a double.
Sioux City East scored three runs in the first inning before Storm Lake tied it with three runs in the fourth. East then scored three more runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull away.
Anna Paulsen suffered the loss. She allowed 12 hits, eight earned runs, walked two and struck out two over six innings.
Storm Lake managed just three hits in the nightcap. Storm had two singles and Stacy Schmidt added one. Halder suffered the loss. She allowed nine hits, five earned runs, walked none and struck out four.
Storm Lake, now 8-10 overall, plays at Cherokee tonight before participating in the Spencer Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Storm Lake freshmen
Storm Lake swept a doubleheader with Sheldon, winning by scores of 11-3 and 6-0 on Tuesday.
Storm Lake had 14 hits in the first game. Erin Anderson collected three hits and drove in three runs. Heidi Hammen had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Kristan Erskine drove in two runs with a hit.
Ali Brashears added two hits and Angie Schmidt an RBI single. Anderson picked up the win. She allowed one hit, walked five and struck out eight.
Hammen pitched a three-hit shutout in the nightcap. She walked three and struck out three.
Hammen also had two hits at the plate and scored two runs. Amanda Dose had a two-run single.
"We played good defense and got out of some tough situations with some heads-up double plays on line drives as Ali Brashears and Heidi Hammen each got double plays on defense," Storm Lake coach John Brostad said.
Storm Lake plays host to Spencer today at 1 p.m.