Six runs in the second inning were enough to put Estherville Lincoln Central ahead for good against Cherokee on Wednesday in an 8-3 Midgets victory.
"We talk about playing from ahead and that makes it so much easier on your defense," said ELC coach Lee Evans.
Tyler Swanson earned his second win on the mound this season as he struck out seven, walked two and gave up 11 hits.
ELC’s Adam Reiter slides safely into second base during play against Cherokee on Wednesday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
"Tyler did a nice job of mixing up and working his way out of jams-he's a battler," Evans said.
His defense also helped him out. In the fifth inning, Cherokee had runners at second and third with one out. Third baseman Tucker Milburn caught a short pop fly and then beat the runner back to third base to get the unassisted double play.
The Braves only had one other base runner the final two innings, a two-out single in the top of the seventh.
The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the first inning.
With one out in the second inning, Evan Hansen drew a walk and stole second. A hit by Billy Snyder scored the go-ahead run. After a single by Matt Burrell loaded the bases, Tucker Milburn reached on an error to load the bases and Corey Reeves drew a walk to bring in a run. Bryce Hansen then came up with a two-run single.
After taking an 8-2 lead, the Braves only managed to push one more run across in the fourth inning.
For ELC, Reiter was 3-4, reeves was 1-3 with three RBIs, Hansen was 1-4 with two RBIs, Snyder was 1-3 with an RBI, Swanson was 1-3 and Burrell was 1-4.
ELC (2-3 overall, 1-0 in the Lakes Conference) travels to Hull this evening to face Western Christian.
The ELC Junior Varsity won 8-0 over Cherokee. Tim Greving picked up the victory. In four innings he gave up one hit, struck out seven batters and walked one. Austin Egeland closed out the final two innings. He gave up two hits and struck out four.
At the plate, Riley Strenge was 1-1, Blake Gjerde went 1-2 and Carsten Bosch and Egeland each went 1-3.