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Midgets battle through end of the season

Tourney play starts Tuesday for ELC

July 1, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central wrapped up the regular season by going 1-2 in their final games. ELC took down Spirit Lake 11-1 in five innings on Wednesday, but then lost 4-3 in nine innings to Cherokee on Thursday and 6-0 to Emmetsburg on Friday.

ELC 11,

Spirit Lake 1, five innings

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SPIRIT LAKE - That's why they call it a rivalry.

Entering Wednesday's game on a five game skid, Estherville Lincoln Central's softball team may have surprised Class 3A No. 11 Spirit Lake.

The Midgets scored eight runs in the first inning on the way to an 11-1, five inning victory over the Indians.

"I'm proud of how the girls came out and set the tone early," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "We hit the ball, bunted well and ran bases aggressively."

Everything went ELC's way to start the game. Morgan White led off with a single. Josie Condon laid down a bunt and reached safely on a bad throw to first. White went to third on the play. Moments later, she scored on a wild pitch for the first run, as Condon went to third base.

A single by Lindsey Jensen easily brought Condon home. Karmen Hazen then laid down a bunt and beat out the throw. A single by Lena McCoy brought Jensen home. Hazen also tried to score on the play. She was caught in a rundown, but was able to go home when the umpire ruled she had been obstructed while trying to get back to third base. Kylie Quastad drew a walk before Jadynn Moore struck out for the first out. However, Gabby Paul drew a walk to load the bases and Adrienne Rosfjord was hit by a pitch to force home a run.

That brought White back to the plate. Her single brought in two runs and a Spirit Lake error allowed one more run to come home. White went to third on the play. She then tried to score when Condon hit a ball back to the pitcher, but the throw home was in time for the second out. The half inning finally ended when Jensen grounded out to the shortstop.

Spirit Lake scored its lone run in the bottom of the inning.

Meanwhile, ELC added two insurance runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.

Paul pitched all five innings, giving up one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

"Gabrielle limited a very good hitting team to four base hits and we played solid defense," said coach Anderson. "It was a great team win."

White finished 3-4 while Condon and Hazen each were 2-3. Jensen finished 1-3 with three RBIs, McCoy was 1-3 with two RBIs and Rosfjord had an RBI.

Cherokee 4,

ELC 3, nine innings

CHEROKEE - ELC was looking for one more Lakes Conference win on Thursday. ELC led Cherokee 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Braves loaded the bases and walked in a run to send the game into extra innings.

Two innings later, Cherokee loaded the bases again and came up with a walk-off hit to win the game.

Stats for ELC were unavailable Sunday.

Emmetsburg 6, ELC 0

EMMETSBURG - Former Lakes Conference foes Emmetsburg (now in the Twin Lakes Conference) and ELC battled for four scoreless innings when the E'Hawks broke the gates open with a four-run fifth inning. Emmetsburg added two more runs in the sixth, but ELC's bats never got going, as the Midgets had just three hits on the night. Kendyl Ruschy was 1-1, Karmen Hazen was 1-3 and Morgan White was 1-4.

Gabby Paul started the game and took the loss while White pitched the final two innings.

ELC (10-21 overall) returns to Cherokee for a 7 p.m. Class 2A region game on Tuesday.



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