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ELC pulls away from Emmetsburg

Olesen strikes out 10 in win

June 14, 2015
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

EMMETSBURG - Estherville Lincoln Central scored three insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, but wouldn't need them as the Midgets defeated Emmetsburg 7-3 on Friday.

ELC was helped by a game-ending double play as second baseman Hunter King backhanded a grounder and flipped it to shortstop Trey Jacobson, who barehanded the ball before throwing to first baseman Austin Egeland.

ELC scored the three insurance runs with Jacobson drawing a walk followed by bunt singles from both Zach Humble and Evan Olesen to load the bases. Egeland came up with the two RBI single to bring home Jacobson and Humble with a single by Lucas Gardner bringing Olesen home.

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ELC’s Lucas Gardner stands at first base against Emmetsburg on Friday.
Photo by Amy H. Peterson

ELC never trailed, as they started with three runs in the first inning. Jacobson reached on an error with Humble reaching safely on a bunt single. After a double steal put runners at second and third, Egeland singled to bring in both runs while advancing to second on the throw home. Jacob Bosch singled to bring in Egeland.

In the fourth inning, Dan Christensen was hit by a pitch went to second when Dalton Christoffer attempted the sacrifice bunt and reached first base on an error. Christensen then stole third base and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacobson to center field.

Olesen picked up the win on the mound as he gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Evan controlled the game and our defense came up with some good plays," said ELC coach Lee Evans.

Besides the game-ending double play, Evans cited catcher Bosch's throw to first to pick off a leadoff E'Hawk runner.

At the plate, Egeland finished 2-for-4 with four RBI while Humbole was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Gardner, Bosch and Christensen each went 1-for-3 and Olesen was 1-for-4.

ELC (5-4 overall, 2-2 Lakes Conference) begins a busy week at Le Mars today while hosting Forest City on Tuesday and traveling to Cherokee on Wednesday.

The ELC Junior Varsity improved to 6-0 with a 7-1 victory over Emmetsburg on Friday.

Hunter Wheatley pitched seven innings, striking out 10 batters, hitting one and giving up two walks.

At the plate, Michael Houseman went 2-for-3, Wheatley and Noah Heifner each went 1-for-2 and Trevor Friesner and Alex Miller each went 1-for-3.



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