Within 10 minutes after the game was called, the rain stopped.
But by that time, Estherville Lincoln Central had already suffered a 2-0 season-opening loss to Class 1A fourth-ranked Bishop Garrigan on Monday.
Originally scheduled as a varsity doubleheader at Garrigan's home field in Algona, rain had already made the Bears' field unplayable. Throughout the five innings at Hess-Limberg Field in Estherville, the rain came and went.
ELC outfielder Adam Reiter snags a ball down the right field line during play against Bishop Garrigan on Monday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC twice had the bases loaded, but couldn't put a run across home plate.
In the first inning, ELC loaded the bases on two outs with a walk, a Garrigan error and another walk, but the visitors escaped with a groundout.
ELC loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth as Evan Hansen was hit by a pitch, Billy Snyder drew a walk and Derek Nieland was hit by a pitch.
But two infield pop-ups and a strikeout negated the threat. ELC finished with no hits on the night.
"We need to put pressure on the defense and we weren't able to do that at all tonight," said ELC coach Lee Evans.
ELC starter Tucker Milburn did his best to keep the Midgets in the game as he finished the night with eight strikeouts and two walks.
"Tucker battled and got out of a couple of situations," said Evans.
But Garrigan took advantage of a leadoff walk in the fourth, moved the runner around the bases and pushed him across.
In the top of the fifth, two ELC errors helped the leadoff runner get to third base. The throw home from right fielder Adam Reiter was on the mark, but the ball came out of the glove as catcher Corey Reeves applied the tag.
ELC (0-1) will have another chance tonight as North Union comes to town. A freshman ball game starts at 4 p.m. followed by the junior varsity at 5:15 p.m. and then the varsity.
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