After an early 1-0 deficit, Estherville Lincoln Central's bats picked up the pace in a 13-3, six-inning victory over Storm Lake on Monday.
ELC finished with eight hits on the night, but the Midgets also drew some key walks and closed out the game with five runs in the sixth inning. Billy Snyder drove in the last two runs with a two-RBI double.
Tyler Swanson picked up his third win of the season on the mound as he struck out six batters while giving up five hits and two walks.
Estherville Lincoln Central first baseman Bryce Hansen snags the ball for an out during play against Storm Lake on Monday at Hess-Limberg Field.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC tied the game in the second inning as Swanson singled. Courtesy runner Carsten Bosch eventually scored on a single up the middle by Corey Reeves.
In the third inning, Snyder reached on a dropped ball in right field and Adam Reiter drew a walk. With one out, Tucker Milburn hit a ball a grounder between second and short, but Reiter beat Storm Lake defenders to the bat as the bases were loaded with Midgets.
Justin Frederick then singled to drive in two runs. Swanson drew a walk to load the bases and one more run scored when Bryce Hansen grounded out to third base.
ELC wasn't satisfied with its 4-1 lead. Evan Hansen led off the fourth with a single and Snyder drew a walk. Adam Reiter hit a sacrifice bunt to move the runners and Matt Burrell followed with a double to the deep left-center field gap. Burrell went to third on a passed ball and scored when Milburn grounded out to first base.
Storm Lake took advantage of a couple of ELC errors to get one run back in the top of the fifth, but ELC answered again.
Swanson led off with a walk and courtesy runner Bosch went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Bryce Hansen. With two outs, Evan Hansen brought in the run with a double.
Storm Lake tried to rally in the top of the sixth with three straight singles to start the inning. But the Tornadoes were able to only push one run across as Swanson struck out the No. 8 and 9 batters to end the threat.
In the bottom of the inning, ELC was patient at the plate as jack Hartnett was sent in relief of starter Nic Seaman.
Burrell drew a walk, stole second and then Frederick was hit by a pitch with one out. A walk to Swanson loaded the bases.
With two outs, Reeves was hit by a pitch to bring one run in and Evan Hansen drew a walk to make it 11-3. Snyder's double ended the game.
Evan Hansen was 2-3 with two RBIs while Swanson was 1-1. Reiter, Burrell and Reeves each went 1-2. Burrell had two RBIs and Reeves had one. Snyder was 1-3 with two RBIs and Frederick was 1-3.
ELC (4-5 overall) is at Spencer on Wednesday.