There's nothing wrong with a little help from your opponent. As this stage of the season, a win is all that matters.
Storm Lake had only five hits, but benefitted from 12 walks to eliminate Spirit Lake from the first round of the Class 3A district baseball tournament with a 9-2 victory on Saturday at Spencer.
Storm Lake, now 18-10 overall, plays Spencer (18-16) in a district final game tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Spencer.
Ryan Brock scattered five hits, allowed one earned run, walked one and struck out seven over seven innings to get the win for the Tornadoes.
Storm Lake scored four runs in the first inning on three walks, one single and one error. Mike Miller was credited with an RBI on a bases-loaded walk. Phil Smith drove in a run on a ground out. One run scored on a wild pitch and another on an infield error.
Mike Keller walked in the second inning, stole second base, and scored on a single by Jeff DeHann for a 5-0 lead. Brock's sacrifice fly scored DeHaan to make it 6-0 in favor of the Tornadoes.
Storm Lake scored two more runs in the third inning to go ahead 8-0. Jesse Smith and Keller each singled before three consecutive walks to DeHaan, Adam Thompson and Brock pushed across Smith and Keller.
The Tornadoes made it a 9-2 game in the seventh inning when DeHaan singled to score Tim Brink.
DeHaan was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Brock drove in two runs and Thompson walked four times.
"I thought our guys came out very intense," Storm Lake coach Steve Eddie said. "They were ready to play from the get-go. We had some help, and that's all right. We won the game and that's all that matters at this point. We get to keep moving on. I think our guys' mental makeup is pretty good right now."