Estherville Lincoln Central did a good job to rally from a 6-0 deficit to North Union, but the Warriors came up with the go-ahead run in the sixth and held on for the 7-6 victory on Tuesday.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Midgets, who didn't have a hit in their first game Monday, quickly rectified that deficit as Billy Snyder led off the bottom of the first with a hit. But ELC wouldn't score until the third inning.
ELC second baseman Alec Wycoff steps on second base to get the force out on North Union’s Brandon Kollasch during play at Hess-Limberg Field on Tuesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Meanwhile, North Union scored four more runs in the top of the second inning. They loaded the bases and Colin Runksmeier hit a two-run single. A sacrifice fly by Sawyer Doocy scored another run and Runksmeier scored on a wild pitch as the Warriors took a 6-0 lead.
ELC got one run back in the bottom of the third inning. Derek Nieland drew a walk and Matt Burrell and Tucker Milburn both singled to load the bases. This time a wild pitch by North Union starter Cody Runksmeier allowed Nieland to score ELC's first run of the 2013 season.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, ELC went to work with two outs. Tyler Swanson and Snyder both singled and Nieland drew a walk to load the bases. Burrell hit a sharp grounder to Warrior shortstop Sawyer Doocy, who got a little anxious and booted the ball allowing ELC to score on the error. Tucker Milburn then delivered a two-run single. Corey Reeves was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Adam Reiter then hit a double to the right-field gap as ELC tied the ball game at 6-6.
ELC had done most of the damage off Colin Runksmeier, who had entered in relief of Cody Runksmeier in the inning. Corey Vaske entered the game and got Bryce Hansen go groundout to finally end the inning.
North Union threatened to score after loading the bases with two outs in the top of the fifth, but a groundout ended the inning.
But the Warriors took advantage of two walks and an error to load the bases with one out in the sixth. A single by Vaske drove in the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the sixth, Snyder tried to stretched a one-out double into a triple and was out on the relay.
ELC got the tying run on third base in the seventh as Milburn hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout. But Reiter hit a chopper back to Vaske on the mound to end the game.
ELC had 10 hits on the night. Milburn was 3-4 with two RBIs while Snyder was 3-5 and Swanson went 2-4. Both Burrell and Reiter were 1-4.
Vaske earned the win for North Union and struck out five batters in 2 1/3 innings. Snyder took the loss for ELC and finished with five strikeouts. Swanson had one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings of work.
ELC (0-2) hosts Sioux Central on Thursday. North Union (1-1) hosts Garner-Hayfield/Ventura in Bancroft tonight.