Storm drop extra-inning battle to Buena Vista
INDIANOLA, Iowa – Aaron Young threw nine-plus innings and Simpson led for most of the game, but Buena Vista scored twice in the 10th for a 3-1 win Friday night at McBride Field.
Nick Schlecht tripled off the wall in center, scoring the eventual winning run for the Beavers (15-12, 7-6 Iowa Conference).
Weston Foxx and Ryan Titman had two hits apiece and pinch-hitter Dylan Colo added an insurance run on a suicide squeeze.
Young (3-5) threw 135 pitches in 9 1/3 innings for the Storm (14-17, 8-8). The left-hander struck out five and didn't allow a run until the eighth, when a dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed the tying run to score.
Simpson got on the board by way of a passed ball in the third inning. Ethan Hale singled with one out, advanced to second on a walk to Brett Crable and took third on a well-placed bunt single by Jake Barr.
Barr went 2-for-5 at the plate, the only Simpson player with multiple hits. After the third inning, the Storm didn't advance a runner to third until the final frame.
Reliever Griffin Hatten threw 5 2/3 innings of relief after starter Ian Grigsby left in the top of the third with an injured throwing hand. James Stone (2-1) held Simpson hitless in the final 2 1/3.
Simpson and Buena Vista will conclude their three-game series Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.