Trish Halder tossed a five-hitter in the first game, and Anna Paulsen pitched a four-hitter in the nightcap to help Storm Lake sweep a doubleheader from George-Little Rock on Tuesday night in Storm Lake.
Storm Lake won the opener 3-1 behind Halder's five-hit, nine-strikeout performance. She walked none.
Storm Lake had six hits in the game. Brooke Overturf had two singles, while Mel Fisher belted an RBI double. Heather Storm added an RBI single.
"Trish pitched extremely well," Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "Offensively, we came through with some clutch hitting. Mel Fisher, Heather Storm and Brooke Overturf played outstanding."
Storm Lake took the nightcap 3-2. Paulsen allowed four hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out five over seven innings.
George-Little Rock, ranked 15th in Class 2A, scored a run in the seventh inning and had the tieing and go-ahead runs on base with two outs, but Paulsen got the next batter to ground out to end the game.
Storm Lake had five hits, including two by Molly Daniels. She drove in a run with a single and another run with a ground out. Jenny Woodford also had an RBI single.
"Anna overcame much adversity, held her composure, and got the job done," Stoltzfus said. "Molly Daniels and Jenny Woodford provided the offensive touch we needed."
Storm Lake improved its season record to 25-17.
Sioux City North 9-2
Storm Lake 1-0
Sioux City North, ranked fifth in Class 3A, handed Storm Lake a doubleheader sweep on Monday night in Sioux City.
North won the first game 9-1 before taking the nightcap 2-0. The Stars scored five runs in the fifth inning of the opener to break the game open.
Storm Lake managed just four hits against winning pitcher J.J. Bottorff. Mel Fisher had two singles, while Stacy Schmidt and Chelsea Anderson each had one. Trish Halder drove in the only run on a ground out.
Anna Paulsen took the loss, allowing nine hits and seven earned runs while walking four and striking out one.
"We just didn't get the job done defensively," Storm Lake coach Jason Stoltzfus said.
Cara DeStigter stymied Storm Lake on two hits in the nightcap. Brooke Overturf and Molly Daniels each had a single.
Halder suffered the loss. She allowed nine hits, two earned runs, walked none and struck out one. Halder surrendered a solo home run to Shanna Cook to lead-off the game.
"Our defense was outstanding," Stoltzfus said. "Offensively, we just didn't get it done. It was a moral victory for us."