Storm Lake scored two runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to jump out to a 7-1 lead, and then held off a late Emmetsburg rally to win the Lakes Conference softball matchup Monday, 7-5.
The Tornadoes (10-3 overall, 4-0 Lakes), were paced the trio of Billie Blanchard, Heather Storm and Molly Daniels, who each had two runs batted in. Storm went 2-4 with an RBI double and an RBI single, Blanchard was 2-2 with an RBI sacrifice grounder and walk, and Daniels drove in two runs with a double.
"We played good enough to win and we'll take it," Storm Lake head coach Jason Stoltzfus said. "Hats off to Emmetsburg. They played well and never quit."
Blanchard's RBI groundout plated the first Tornado run in the first, and Storm Lake then struck again in the fourth, when Storm knocked in Blanchard from second base and then scored on a sacrifice groundout to shortstop by Ty Zimmerman.
The Tornadoes then strung together a series of runs in the fifth, as Stacy Schmidt, Lindsay Guenther, Blanchard and Storm all touched the plate.
Anna Paulsen pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Tornadoes, giving up two earned runs on nine hits and striking out four. Trish Halder came in to relieve Paulsen in the seventh and closed the door on the Emmetsburg comeback bid.
Storm Lake JV 7, Emmetsburg JV 4
The Storm Lake junior varsity softball team scored five runs in the fifth inning to pick up a victory over Emmetsburg on the road.
Heidi Hammen had three RBI and Amy Berg had a two-RBI single for Storm Lake. Morgan Darrow pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out six to earn the win.