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ELC unable to come up with wins at Spencer Tourney

June 25, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor (dswartz@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

SPENCER - Estherville Lincoln Central struggled at the Spencer Tournament this past weekend, coming up short in all three games.

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On Friday, ELC faced Lakes Conference foe LeMars for the third time this season. The two teams had split their conference games, but the Bulldogs won the rubber-match 2-0. LeMars pitcher Brook Berkenpas, threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 10 ELC batters and walking three. ELC stats were unavailable on Sunday.

ELC's second game on Friday was an 8-5 loss to Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. ELC mustered four hits in that contest.

The Midgets ended the tournament on Saturday with a 10-1 loss to Denison-Schleswig. ELC had no hits and drew just three walks while striking out 15 times.

ELC (9-16 overall, 4-5 in the Lakes Conference) wraps up league play this week with away games at Storm Lake on Monday and Hull on Tuesday before hosting Spirit Lake on Wednesday.

Midgets fall

to Warriors

On Thursday, eighth grader Emily Meyer pitched a two-hit shut out against Estherville Lincoln Central, as North Union left town with a 3-0 victory.

Meyer and the Warrior defense retired the first 13 ELC batters before Meyer hit Madison Valen with a pitch and then walked Jaydan Nitchals in the fourth inning. But Meyer's fourth strikeout and a groundout ended the threat.

ELC's Kaitlyn Tendal broke the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the sixth inning, but she was stranded at first base. Kendyl Ruschy then led off with a single in the seventh inning, but two outs later, courtesy runner Adelee Reinhardt was tagged at home by Meyer when trying to score on a passed ball.

Offensively, North Union struck in the second inning as Maddie Rolling doubled, went to third on a single by Ariel Olson and scored on a single by Shawna Person. The Warriors added two insurance runs in the third inning with a two-RBI double by Olson, who was 3-4 in the game.

At the plate, Rolling was 3-4 and Olson was 3-4 with two RBIs. Hope Steinberger also was 2-4. Gabby Paul took the loss for ELC, giving up three runs on 12 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

On Wednesday, ELC ended its three game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Cherokee. ELC scored two runs each in the first and third innings. However, the Midgets lost senior shortstop Lindsey Jensen to a broken hand, as she was sliding home to score one of the Midgets' runs in the third inning.

Maggie White earned the pitching victory and had five strikeouts.

 
 
 

 

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