Miscues too much for Spirit Lake
SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake did its best to stay with Storm Lake, but a two few many passed balls, wild pitches and errors proved too much to overcome in a 6-2 loss in the Class 3A District 2 semifinal on Friday.
The Indians finish the season 5-21 overall while Storm Lake (21-9) advances to play Estherville Lincoln Central at Spirit Lake on Monday. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Tornadoes struck in the first inning when the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch. Two outs later, shortstop Mitch Peschon fielded a grounder and overthrew first allowing the runner to score.
The Indians’ defense recovered nicely as catcher Shae Heinrichs, backing up the play at first, threw out the runner trying to go to second on the play.
Storm Lake added three runs in the second inning. They loaded the bases with a single, another hit batter and a single. Two runs scored as the ball got past Heinrichs twice and a single scored one more run before the Indians got out of the inning.
Sprit lake got on th board as Peschon led off the fourth inning with a solo home run over the right-center field fence.
Two outs later, Ryan Jennings reached on an error which was followed by singles from Cody Davis and Tyler Dean. Jennings scored on Dean’s single.
Offensively, Spirit Lake only had one baserunner the final three innings.
Meanwhile, Storm Lake took advantage of a Spirit Lake error in the fifth where they had three hits to score two more runs.
Ethan Carlson took the loss for Spirit Lake. He gave up eight hits with no walks and struck out six.
“It was good to see Ethan throw well in his last outing,” said Spirit Lake coach Jason Schneider. “He started the season as our No. 3 pitcher, but he was definitely our No. 1 by the end of it.”
Brendan Miller earned the win for Storm Lake. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four batters.
Spirit Lake000 200 0 – 2 4 3
Storm Lake130 020 x – 6 8 2
Spirit Lake – Carlson (LP) and Heinrichs. Storm Lake – Miller (WP).