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STORM LAKE, Iowa – The Storm Lake community waited 77 years for Whitecaps baseball return to their town, so what’s one extra inning.
Anthony Stewart turned out to be the hero as his blooper-turned-error scored Mason Pryzbilla to win the game for the Whitecaps, 6-5 over Carroll in 10 innings.
In a game that did not start well for the home squad, they clawed back to tie the game and even take the lead for a brief moment in the later innings.
Casey Berg picked up the win on the hill for the ‘Caps as he threw three innings in relief, allowing just two hits and a walk to go with two strikeouts.
Andrew Blount was the tough luck loser as the game winning run was an unearned one. He allowed a single and a pair of walks before almost getting out of the bases loaded jam in the 10th.
A tough start for Whitecaps saw Carroll bring in two runs in the first inning despite the Merchants not recording a hit.
Storm Lake would get a run back in the bottom of the 2nd as a ground out by Tony Nichols scored* Jason Galleano*.
The home team had a chance to tie it in the third, Berg led off the inning with a double to left field and advanced to third after a ground out by Stewart. Carroll starter, Tristan Steffans was able to strike out Eze Encarnacion on three pitches but then hit Galleano with a fastball to give the ‘Caps runners on the corners. Christian Montero then laced a ball to second base but the ball was snared by Eric Yachinich to end the inning.
That would prove costly as the Merchants got two of their own in the top of the 4th after doubles from David McAnelly and Blount. Zach Ruckman singled home Blount on the very next pitch, on a play that took a wicked hop over Encarnacion.
Storm Lake would respond in the bottom half of the fourth as Pryzbilla set the table with a one-out double and would score on a fielders choice, making the score 4-2.
The Whitecaps would threaten once again in the 7th as Noah Paper reached on an error while Berg reached on a single. They would be moved into scoring position on a passed ball, setting the stage for Stewart as his bloop single cut the deficit to one.
Connor Forsythe would come in to relieve Jeremy Thorson and he would get the ground ball he wanted but an another Merchant error allowed everyone to reach safely and tie the game at four.
Forsythe would strike out Galleano and Montero but a wild pitch would allow Stewart to score the go-ahead run to give the Whitecaps their first lead of the night.
That lead, however, would be short-lived as a ground out from Yachinich scored Sean Moore to even the score at five in the eighth.
The ‘Caps were only 90 feet away from taking the lead as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, but Forsythe was able to strike out a pair of Storm Lake hitters and got a ground out as well.
After failing to score in the ninth, their luck finally turned in the 10th when the pop up from Stewart was misplayed by the Carroll shortstop resulting in bizarre game winner for the Whitecaps.
Andrew Kasperbauer led the Storm Lake offense going 2 for 5, with a pair of doubles. Berg also collected two hits and a double of his own. Stewart finished his night just 1 for 6 but he’ll take his game-winning RBI any day of the week.
For the Merchants, Zach Ruckman led all hitters with three hits, he also tallied a RBI. McAnelly reached base four times with a couple hits and few free passes.
Storm Lake grabs their first win of the season and they’ll have a few days off to enjoy as they take on the Albert Lea Lakers on Wednesday night.
Carroll will look to shake this one off, they’ll have a late afternoon game against Bancroft tomorrow. The Bandits were rained out in Albert Lea last night.
The Storm Lake Whitecaps are proud to announce the signing of pitchers Lucas Chapman and Tanner Knapp of Seattle University.
Chapman, a freshman from Seattle, has made five appearances this season for the Redhawks and has a team leading ERA of 2.08. He has allowed just two runs in eight innings of work. Chapman has struck out four this season and his opponent’s batting average sits at .258. The right-hander was a one-year letter winner at Mercer Island High School. He has three siblings and is majoring in accounting.
Knapp, a freshman from Milton, Washington, has made six appearances on the year for Seattle University, notching 4.1 innings of work. At Fife High School, Knapp was a four-year letter winner while his team won their league championship all four years. He was named second team All-SPSL shortstop in 2014 and was all named first team All-SPSL pitcher in 2015. Knapp saved his best season for his senior year as he was named SPSL League MVP and was a first team All-State pitcher. In addition to his accomplishments on the diamond, Knapp was a four-year letter winner in football and a two-year letter winner in wrestling.
The Whitecaps are excited for Lucas and Tanner to come to Storm Lake for the 2017 season.
The Storm Lake Whitecaps are proud to announce the signing of Mason Bryzbilla.
Bryzbilla, a catcher at Williston State, is currently in his sophomore season at the college. As a freshman, Bryzbilla appeared in 29 games for the Tetons, batting a superb .300 in his first collegiate season. He launched his first college home run on April 20th, 2016 in a 11-10 win over Lake Region State. Behind the dish, his fielding percentage was perfect and he threw out 16 base runners.
In addition to hitting .300, Bryzbilla also logged some time on the mound as well. He threw 11 innings for the Tetons, striking out nine.
The Whitecaps are excited to welcome Mason to Storm Lake for the 2017 season.
Lieb is currently a freshman pitcher at Upper Iowa University. He is a native of Pearl City, Illinois and went to Pearl City High School. Storm Lake looks forward to having Clayton on the team this summer.
The Storm Lake Whitecaps are happy to announce the hiring of head coach Nic Seaman for the summer of 2017. Seaman graduated from Storm Lake High School in 2013. From there he continued his baseball playing career pitching for the North Iowa Area Community College Trojans, ending the 2015 season at the NJCAA Div II World Series. After two years with the Trojans he continued his pitching career at Concordia University Nebraska, where he will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Communication. Seaman has been the assistant baseball coach at Newell Fonda High School the past two summers and is excited for the next step in his coaching career.
“I am excited for the Storm Lake Whitecaps to come to the great community of Storm Lake. I think the Whitecaps will provide competitive baseball and a great atmosphere for members of the community to come out and enjoy a night at the ballpark throughout the summer.”