Spencer’s baseball team avenged a pair of regular season losses to Storm Lake with a 4-3 victory Friday night at Storm Lake in the first round of the Class 3A baseball tournament.
The Tigers tackled the winning run on a crazy pitch in the top of the 7th inning. They scored the first run of the game in the top of the third and the Tornadoes answered late in the inning on a Jake Eddie RBI single that scored Hunter DeMey.
Spencer extended the lead in the top of the 5th inning on a two-run single from Devin Dirkx to make it 3-1. The Tornadoes placed a pair of unearned runs late in the 6th to tie the game at 3-3 and had a runner on 2nd base with two outs. Dirkx then replaced starter Reid Tigges and got a hold to end the inning.
After the Tigers took the lead at the top of the 7th, Storm Lake got a first single from Trevor Turner. Edgar Barriero would lay down a sacrificial bunt to put him in the goalscoring position. Dirkx, however, would get the next two batters on a flyout and a groundout and the game was over.
Spencer defeated Storm Lake 7-4 in the game. Jake Eddie suffered the loss giving up four earned runs on seven hits, striking out seven and walking two. DeMey pitched an inning and struck out two.
Dirkx would get the win throwing 1 1/3 scoreless relief.
Spencer is now 18-8 and will play at MOC Floyd Valley in Monday night’s substate semifinal in Orange City. Storm Lake ends the year with a 19-11 record. Austin Gaffney, Drew Taylor and Sam Dvergsten played their last game in Tornado uniforms.
Head coach Ben Seaman announced earlier in the season that this would be his last year and Storm Lake radio spoke to him after a tough loss at the end of the season, click below to listen.