HULL - Estherville Lincoln Central hit the ball hard, but couldn't find the holes in the Western Christian defense as the Wolfpack won 3-2 over the Midgets on Thursday.
"We got off to a slow start, but we still had plenty of opportunities to score," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "It was a good game, we just came out on the short end."
Western Christian jumped out to an early lead by taking advantage of ELC's only error to start the first inning as Alissa Pollema reached first. She stole second base and went to third after tagging up on a fly ball to deep left field. A passed ball allowed her to score. Meanwhile, Summer Jansen drew a two-out walk-the only one give up by ELC's Liz Brashear. Jansen stole second base and went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Kenzie Bousema.
The Midgets got one run back almost immediately in the top of the second inning as Caitlyn Clayton blasted the ball over the left-center field fence for her first home run of the season.
ELC tied the game in the third when Megan Jensen led off with a double and scored on a double by Macy Dahl.
Dahl made it to third on a wild pitch, but ELC was unable to get her across the plate as Kristen King and Emily Kirchner both flew out to the outfield.
Meanwhile the Wolfpack came right back with the go-ahead run. Pollema led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Gesink. A two-out single by Jansen score what turned out to be the game-winning run.
ELC's best chance to at least tie the game came in the third. Kirchner reached base on the Wolfpack's only error of the game with one out. Liz Brashear then hit a grounder to third base, but the throw to second was too late to get Kirchner as both runners were safe.
Clayton then hit another ball deep to left field, but Kim Kroeze made the catch at the fence. Kirchner was able to tag and reach third base, but Sarah Schacherer grounded out to the shortstop to end the threat.
ELC had four hits off Wolfpack starter Jasmine VanderZwaag.
Clayton, Brashear and Jensen each were 1-3 while Dahl was 1-4.
Brashear took the loss as she gave up five hits and one walk with no strikeouts.
ELC (2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Lakes Conference) hosts its tournament on Saturday.
Spencer plays Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire at 9:30 with ELC playing North Union at 11:15 p.m. The losers play at 1 p.m. with the championship game at 2:45 p.m.
The ELC Junior Varsity defeated Western Christian 10-5. Carson Gjerde pitched five innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Joslyn Moore was 13-3 with a run and an RBI. Alyssa Friesner was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Jerica Walters was 2-2 with a run and two RBIs and Sadie Rosenboom was 1-3 with two runs.