With a 10-6 lead heading into the sixth inning, Estherville Lincoln Central had Class 4A No. 6 LeMars on the ropes.
But after getting two quick outs, the Midgets struggled to get the third as the Bulldogs scored five runs on two hits with four walks and two ELC errors. LeMars sent its top pitchers to the mound to close out the Midgets the final two innings and escaped town with an 11-10 victory.
The Bulldogs did all they could to help ELC. The Midgets trailed 6-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
ELC’s Carsten Bosch, running for Corey Reeves, scores as the ball bounces past the LeMars catcher during second-inning action in Estherville on Monday.
ELC photo by David Swartz
Evan Hansen drew a leadoff walk and Billy Snyder and Adam Reiter both reached safely on fielder's choices. A single by Derek Nieland scored the first run and a sacrifice fly to center by Matt Burrell scored another run. Tyler Swanson came up with a two-out single and then the Bulldogs committed three straight errors to help ELC take a 10-6 lead.
In the top of the sixth, ELC starter Snyder quickly got two outs, but then gave up a double and walked two batters along with a passed ball.
Burrell entered in relief and also had a pitch get past Corey Reeves that allowed a run to score. A single and a two-run error put the Bulldogs on top before the Midgets finally got out of the inning.
ELC's only base runner the final three inning was a leadoff single by Adam Reiter in the fifth inning.
ELC finished with eight hits on the night but had five errors. LeMars had seven hits, but also had seven errors.
At the plate for the Midgets, Swanson was 2-3 with an RBI and Reiter was 2-5 with an RBI.
Burrell was 1-3 with a solo home run in the third inning and finished with two RBIs. Nieland was 1-3 with an RBI; Reeves was 1-4 with an RBI and Snyder was 1-5.
Snyder struck out three batters, walked six and hit one. Burrell took the loss as he struck out three and walked three.
ELC (10-12 overall, 5-7 Lakes) is at Storm Lake on Wednesday.
The ELC JV (13-3-1) avenged a loss to LeMars with a 12-5 victory on Monday.
Carsten Bosch pitched four innings and gave up five earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Riley Strenge pitched two innings and gave up one hit with five strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Bosch was 1-2 with an RBI; Dan Christensen was 2-4; Chase Bonner was 1-3 with two RBIs; Alec Wycoff was 1-2 with an RBI; Jake Bortvit was 1-2 with two RBOS, Zach Humble was 1-1 and Hunter King had an RBI.