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Class 3A Region Softball - Clash in Estherville

No. 15 BHRV wins in eight innings over No. 13 ELC

July 20, 2020
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The clash between No. 13 Estherville Lincoln Central and No. 15 Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley lived up to its billing in Friday's Class 3A Region Semifinal.

The two teams needed eight innings to decide the outcome with the Nighthawks leaving town with a 5-2 victory.

"We definitely had opportunities to put the game out of reach," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "The last few games we've been able to do it. This was a tough game."

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ELC junior Jordyn Moore slides safely into second base during Friday’s Class 3A Region semifinal on Friday against Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley. Moore went on to score in the third inning, but the Midgets ended up losing 5-2 in eight innings.
Photo by David Swartz

The Midgets scored the first run of the game in the third inning. Jordyn Moore drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amara Heinrichs and scored on a passed ball.

ELC had a chance to add to its lead in the fourth inning, as Jadynn Moore was hit by a pitch, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. Jaydan Nitchals drew a one-out walk and pinch runner Daraieliz Acosta stole second. But the two runners were stranded after a BHRV's Lizzy Blum notched her sixth strikeout and then forced Madison Valen to groundout back to her.

BHRV tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, as Emma Zoet leading off with a bunt single, stole second, and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. A two-out bloop single over third base brought the run in.

ELC had scoring chances in both the sixth and seventh innings. Moore was hit by a pitch with one out in the sixth and stole second base, but was stranded. In the seventh inning, Kendyl Ruschy singled to right and an error allowed her to reach second base. However, courtesy runner Jordyn Stokes was stranded with Blum recording two more strikeouts to get out of the inning.

In the top of the eighth, Nighthawks' No. 9 batter Gabi Luevano then bunted and was called safe in a close play at first. ELC players questioned the call and an alert Luevano darted for home and scored the go-ahead run. The Nighthawks came up with consecutive singles followed by a sacrifice bunt RBI and another RBI single to complete a four-run inning.

In the top of the eighth, ELC was able to just get one run back, as Tatum Dunlavy led off with a single, stole second and third base and took home when the throw to third squirted into left field.

ELC's final three batters went down in order.

Dunlavy took the loss on the mound, as she gave up five runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Blum finished with 10 seconds while giving up just three hits.

Dunlavy was 2-4 while Ruschy was 1-3.

ELC wraps up a 10-4 season and bids farewell to its two seniors-Jadynn Moore and Lena McCoy.

"They endured things this season as seniors that nobody ever had with grace and dignity," said coach Anderson. "They were leaders on the team in every sense. We'll definitely miss them."



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