Spirit Lake hurler baffles SL
Billie Blanchard and Jenny Woodford each had two hits apiece, and Anna Paulsen and Trish Halder combined to pitch a five-hitter in leading Storm Lake to a 7-2 win over Newell-Fonda on Tuesday night.
Storm Lake totaled 11 hits in the game against Ashley Hetrick. Woodford had an RBI double and an RBI single, while Blanchard added an RBI double.
Mel Fisher delivered a two-run single and finished with three RBIs. Chelsea Anderson belted an RBI double.
Paulsen pitched three innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while walking none and striking out three. Halder pitched four innings in relief. She allowed one hit, no runs, walked four and struck out two.
Erin Kies and Tara Soll each had an RBI single for the Mustangs. Kies had two hits. Hetrick took the loss.
"It was a great game with lots of action," Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "Mel Fisher had a key hit, Billie Blanchard had a good night at the plate, and the battery did well. Give Newell-Fonda credit. They are a good team with a lot of ability."
"We were within striking distance all night, but didn't finish when we had key opportunities," Mustangs coach Dick Jungers said. "We had runners in scoring position and didn't get them home and gave up three runs in the sixth because we lost our mental focus. Storm Lake did a great job of making solid contact on the ball and found some holes in our defense."
Storm Lake is now 15-11 overall. Newell-Fonda slips to 17-6 overall.
‰ Newell-Fonda won the junior varsity game 6-5. Storm Lake had eight hits. Amy Sennert belted two doubles and had two RBIs. Heidi Hammen, Kristan Erskine and Kiley Stavnes each had an RBI single. C.J. Woodford had two singles. Hammen suffered the loss for the Tornadoes, now 6-4.
Spirit Lake 3, Storm Lake 0
Tracee Kroese stymied Storm Lake on four hits as Spirit Lake defeated the Tornadoes for the third time this season on Monday night at Spirit Lake.
Trish Halder had two of the Tornadoes' four hits. Mel Fisher and Heather Storm each had a single.
Anna Paulsen suffered the loss. She allowed six hits and two earned runs while walking three and striking out three.
"We had our opportunities, but we just didn't take advantage of them," Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "It was one of those games where everything seemed to go in favor of Spirit Lake. Little things cost us. We need more consistency. Right now we just aren't getting the job done at the plate."
Storm Lake loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but Kroese induced a pop out to end the threat and preserve the shutout.
‰ Spirit Lake won the junior varsity game 4-3. Storm Lake had four hits, including an RBI single by Amy Sennert. Kristan Erskine had a double, and Jamie Bauer and C.J. Woodford each had a single.
Erin Anderson took the loss, allowing six hits and no earned runs for Storm Lake.
Storm Lake freshmen
Storm Lake split a doubleheader with Estherville on Tuesday at Estherville. Storm Lake dropped the first game 5-3 and won the nightcap 9-4.
Storm lake made four errors which led to four unearned runs in the opener. Kristan Erskine had a single for the only Tornado hit. Erin Anderson drove in a run. She took the loss, allowing three hits and striking out six.
Storm Lake had seven hits in the second game. Angie Schmidt had two singles, two RBIs, two stolen bases, and scored three runs. Heidi Hammen had two hits and scored two runs. Erskine and Ty Zimmerman each had an RBI single. Hammen pitched the win, giving up one hit and striking out three.