Whitecaps bow to Lakers in two games

Monday, August 6, 2018
Storm Lake Whitecaps’ catcher Jordan Wendel dives back to first base on Friday night against the Albert Lea Lakers in game two of the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League championship series. The ‘Caps bowed 12-11 in the game, coupled with a 4-1 loss on Thursday night, gave the Lakers a 2-0 series win to capture the title.
Photo by Dana Larsen

ALBERT LEA/STORM LAKE - With all the marbles on the line in a best of three championship series, the Storm Lake Whitecaps and Albert Lea Lakers went to battle with the Lakers besting the Whitecaps in two games to capture the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League championship.

The Lakers took a 4-1 contest on Thursday night to put Storm Lake behind the eight ball in the best of three series. Storm Lake got the opening run of the game in the third inning, but the Lakers came to life in the bottom of the fifth with three runners trotting over home plate. They would later add an insurance run in the eighth.

If defense was the name of the game on Thursday, then offense was the key on the Friday night contest between the two teams. The Lakers won a wild, 12-11 affair over Storm Lake to win the PCBL championship.

The Lakers jumped all over Storm Lake in the top of the first with a solo shot home run before they added five more runs to take a 6-0 lead. Storm Lake fought back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and got another in the second to make it 6-3.

Albert Lea put together another huge inning in the top of the third with four runners getting past home plate to push their lead up to seven at 10-3. Storm Lake kept fighting. They got three runs in to make it 10-6 after four frames.

An error aided Storm Lake to score twice in the bottom of the sixth to cut their deficit to only two at 10-8. The Lakers scored again in the top of the seventh and then once more in the eighth to get that lead back up to four.

The Whitecaps gave it one last push. With two runners on base, Jordan Wendel hit a three run home run to get Storm Lake within a run in the bottom of the ninth. Storm Lake was unable to get that tying run across home plate before the final out hit the scoreboard.

The Storm Lake Whitecaps finish the year with 18 wins and runner-ups in the PCBL.

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