Estherville Lincoln Central came up on the short end of a 1-0 pitchers' duel on Monday.
ELC's Billy Snyder and Spencer's Brady Illg both threw well enough to win. The difference was the Tigers' ability to scratch one run across the plate in its two chances while the Midgets had runners at third base four or five times and couldn't come up with a hit.
"I think we had a runner in scoring position in five innings and we didn't find a way to score," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "Both pitchers were outstanding. It sucks to come up on the wrong end."
The Tigers lone run came in the fifth inning as Snyder gave up a one-out walk-one of only four in the contest by the senior. With two outs, the top of Spencer's order came threw with Brady Plueger and Illg hitting consecutive singles to score the run.
The Midgets stranded runners at third base in the third, fourth and sixth innings. ELC's last gasp was a two-out double by Corey Reeves in the seventh.
Reeves, Alec Wycoff and Austin Egeland each went 1-3 while Snyder was 1-2.
On the mound, Snyder finished with six strikeouts while giving up just three hits.
Midgets split games at Humboldt Tourney
HUMBOLDT - Estherville Lincoln Central suffered its first loss of the season at the Humboldt Tournament on Saturday. The Midgets led 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh as the Wildcats scored two runs to pull out the 4-3 win.
The Midgets bounced back well in the second game, defeating Central Sprints 17-5 in six innings.
Austin Egeland took the loss against Humboldt. He pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
ELC managed seven hits in the contest with Egeland going 2-4 and Carsten Bosch going 2-3 with an RBI.
Riley Strenge and Tim Greving each went 1-3 while Alec Wycoff was 1-4. Trey Jacobson had an RBI.
ELC had 10 hits and drew eight walks against Central Springs.
The Midgets jumped out to a 9-0 lead after four innings when Central Springs came up with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. ELC responded with four runs each in the fifth and sixth innings.
Wycoff pitched three innings to get the win. He gave up four earned runs on four hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Jacobson closed out the game, giving up one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks in three innings.
At the plate, eight players had at least one hit. Billy Snyder was 2-2 while Jacobson was 2-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Chase Bonner and Jake Bortvit each went 1-1 with two RBIs. Riley Strenge and Dan Christensen each went 1-3 with Christensen recording an RBI. Wycoff and Egeland each went 1-4 with an RBI. Evan Olesen also had an RBI.