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ELC tops E’Hawks to end week

Midgets score early and often for 22nd win

July 7, 2019
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Class 2A No. 10 Estherville Lincoln Central bounced right back from its second loss of the season with a 10-1 victory over Emmetsburg on Friday.

Seth Vaske pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up one unearned run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Izaak Sander faced one batter, who popped up to him for the final out in the seventh.

Offensively, ELC scored a run in the first, as Alec Heifner drew a walk, stole second, went to third when Briar Rowley grounded out to first base and scored on a wild pitch.

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ELC loaded the bases in the third inning with Blake Miller drawing a walk to bring home one run and two runs scoring on a Brian Egeland single up the middle. A pair of walks to Vaske and Isaac Sander brought in the final run of the inning, as ELC led 5-0.

ELC scored two more runs in the fourth with a leadoff single by Keegan Brown followed by a double from Ryan Schiltz. Both came home to score on consecutive sacrifice flies by Heifner and Rowley.

In the fifth inning, Schiltz scored from second on a two-out single by Heifner to push the lead to 8-0. The E'Hawks answered with their lone run in the top of the sixth.

ELC added two insurance runs in the sixth helped by a balk by the Emmetsburg pitcher and an E'Hawk error.

ELC had six hits in the game with Egeland going 2-3 with two RBIs, Heifner was 1-3 with two RBIs, Schiltz, Seth Busch and Brown each were 1-3 and Rowley, Miller and Sander each had an RBI.

ELC (22-2 overall, 11- in the Lakes Conference) is home against Newell-Fonda today. The Midgets travel to Ruthven on Tuesday and to Lake Park on Wednesday.

ELC falters in battle of ranked opponents

Class 2A No. 10 Estherville Lincoln Central faced one of its toughest foes of the season as Class 1A No. 1 Newman Catholic came to town on Thursday.

The Knights struck early in the game with three runs in the first inning and two in the second, then added three in the fourth inning and one in the seventh.

Despite eight hits, ELC pushed one run across in the first and sixth innings in the 9-2 loss.

Blake Miller was on the mound for ELC. In five innings, he gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Izaak Sander pitched the final two innings, giving up one earned run on one hit with one strikeout and one walk.

The Knights' first three runs came on three hits and all three of Miller's walks, as the visitors went through their order.

ELC put runners on second and third in the bottom of the inning, as Alec Heifner hit a one-out single followed by a double by Briar Rowley. Heifner scored on a wild pitch.

ELC had chances to score in both the fourth and fifth innings, before scoring a run in the sixth. Miller and Brian Egeland both singled with Seth Busch coming up with a two-out RBI single.

Busch was 2-3 with an RBI while Miller was 2-4, Egeland was 1-1, Rowley and Keegan Brown each were 1-3 and Heifner was 1-4.

Midgets cap Lakes title with win over rival Indians

After going 11 innings with Spirit Lake in the first meeting on June 10, Estherville Lincoln Central took care of business in six innings on Wednesday, winning 10-0.

The Midgets, who had already secured the 2019 Lakes Conference Championship the previous night, finished with an 11-1 record in league play. The lone loss was against Spencer on May 31.

The rematch with Spirit Lake saw ELC go to work in the third inning. Ryan Schiltz hit a leadoff double, moved to second on a sacrifice by Alec Heifner and scored on a double by Briar Rowley. Rowley came home on a triple to left-center field by Blake Miller, as Brian Egeland singled to bring Miller home. Seth Vaske then reached on an error by the Spirit Lake right fielder. Izaak Sander reached on a fielder's choice with the Indians taking the force at second base to get courtesy runner Daryl Jensen. Sander then stole second and reached safely while Egeland came home, as the Indians mishandled the ball.

With a 4-0 lead, ELC added four more runs in the third inning. The Midgets on two hits, three walks, a sacrifice fly, and an Indian error. Another run across the plate in the fifth inning, as Sander hit a leadoff triple and scored on a single by Seth Busch.

With a 7-0 lead, ELC loaded the bases in the sixth inning on a single by Rowley, a double by Miller and a walk to Egeland. Sander drew a one-out walk to bring in the first run and Miller scored on a wild pitch to end the game.

Heifner earned the pitching victory, striking out four batters while giving up just three hits and one hit batter. The Indians only got a runner to second base once the entire game with a pair of singles in the fourth inning.

ELC had 11 hits with Schiltz, Rowley, Miller and Sander each with two while Egeland, Busch and Keegan Brown each had one. Miller had two RBIs and Rowley, Egeland, Sander and Busch each had one.



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