Estherville Lincoln Central got off to a slow start, falling behind 3-0 to Spirit Lake on Wednesday.
But the Midgets went through 10 batters in the bottom of the third inning to score six runs. ELC went on to a 9-3 victory.
The game was punctuated by a two-out, two-run home run by Caitlyn Clayton in the fourth inning. Clayton finished 3-3 with three RBIs and also had a double.
ELC’s Caitlyn Clayton (helmet) hit her third home run of the season with a two-run shot in the fourth inning against Spirit Lake on Wednesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"We didn't make a couple plays early on, but the girls responded well and came back," said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
Spirit Lake scored two runs in the first inning as Bailee Newman hit a one-out single. After a ground out and then a walk to Mackenzie Thate, a passed ball allowed Newman to score. Carly Ites singled to bring in another run. The Indians got one more run in the second, but then ELC pitcher Liz Brashear and the defense shut down Spirit Lake the rest of the way.
The Indians only had one base runner the final four innings, a two-out single by Newman in the fourth. Clayton threw her out stealing second.
Meanwhile ELC's offense went to work in the third inning. Macy Dahl drew a leadoff walk followed by singles from Carson Gjerde and Emily Kirchner. Kirchner's hit scored Dahl. A single to right by Liz Brashear plus a Spirit Lake error allowed two more runs to score as Brashear went to third base.
Caitlyn Clayton drew a walk and a double by Megan Jensen scored courtesy runner Jordan Phillips. Clayton scored on a wild pitch. One out later, Jensen doubled to bring in one run. Clayton scored when Sarah Schacherer grounded out to second base. A Double by Kristen King brought Jensen home.
In the fourth inning, Brashear hit a two-out single. Clayton then worked full count before tattooing the ball over the left-field fence.
ELC added one more run in the sixth inning. Kirchner hit a one-out single and Brashear reached on an error. A single by Clayton loaded the bases and Jensen had a sacrifice fly to center field to score Kirchner.
Kirchner finished 3-4 with an RBI while Brashear was 2-4 with an RBI; Jensen was 1-2 with two RBIs and Gjerde was 1-4.
Brashear earned the win as she gave up five hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Newman took the loss. She gave up 11 hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
At the plate for the Indians, Newman was 2-4; Paige Krause was 1-3 with an RBI; Ites was 1-3 and Alissa Christoffer was 1-4.
ELC (15-9 overall) is home against Emmetsburg this evening.
The ELC junior varsity edged Spirit Lake 9-8. Carson Gjerde earned the win. She pitched six innings and gave up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Megan Jensen was 3-4 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs; Jordan Phillips was 1-3 with a triple, a run and four RBIs; Sadie Rosenboom was 2-3 with an RBI; Colleen Humble was 2-3 with two runs; and Hallie Jensen was 1-2 with a triple, two runs and an RBI.