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No. 3 North Union wins ELC Tournament

June 3, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Class 2A No. 3 North Union won both its games easily to win the Estherville Lincoln Central Softball Tournament on Saturday.

The Warriors opened the day with a 6-1 victory over the host Midgets and then rolled past Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 15-0 in five innings.

ELC pounded Spencer in the consolation game 20-1, scoring 11 runs in the top of the sixth.

In the other first-round game, GTRA rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Spencer, 5-4, for the Titans' first win of the season.

Titans rally to beat Tigers in seventh

The Titans scored first against Spencer as Marly Bakken led off the second inning with a double and moved to third when Morgan McGrauth grounded out to second base for the second out. After Alex Olesen drew a walk, Sara Harris came up with an RBI single.

The Tigers came back with three runs in the top of the third, taking advantage of a walk and a couple of Titan throwing errors to score their runs.

GTRA tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Cassy Hampson and Brooke Hoffman both singled to start the inning, but Hampson was called for interference when she hit the shortstop as Grace Skattebo reached on a fielder's choice. A passed ball allowed Hoffman and Skattebo to advance and Bakken delivered a two-RBI single.

Spencer went ahead in the top of the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Harris led off with a double and pitch runner Cami Bittner went to third when Hampson grounded out to second. A passed ball allowed Bittner to score and tie the game.

With two outs, Hoffman drew a walk and went to third on a single by Skattebo. Bakken also drew a walk to load the bases. Alyssa Hoffman stepped to the plate and hit a short ball toward the Tiger first baseman. Instead of rolling, the ball's spin stopped it dead short of the defender who couldn't get the ball in time to stop the run or get the out.

Harris was 3-3 with an RBI while Bakken was 2-3 with two RBIs. Daisy Jordan, Hampson and Skattebo each went 1-4 and Brooke Hoffman was 1-3.

Alyssa Hoffman earned the win on the mound giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits with six walks and two strikeouts.

ELC bats struggle against Warriors

Host ELC struggled to get hits against North Union as Warriors' starter Allie Ingalls limited the Midgets to just five hits.

ELC had chances to score, but didn't put a run across the plate until the seventh inning.

North Union scored one run each in the first, third and fourth innings. In the sixth inning, Collete Haag led off with a single and then was out as Jasmine Clause reached on a fielder's choice. But Sara Rolling hit her second double of the game to put runners at second and third. Sara Johnson then reached on an error as two runs came home. An RBI single by Ingalls put North Union up 6-0.

In the top of the seventh, Carson Gjerde led off with a single, but was out as Macy Dahl reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Emily Kirchner doubled to score the run.

Gjerde was 2-3 with a walk while Kirchner, Megan Jensen and Dahl each went 1-2.

Brashear took the loss as she gave up six runs (two earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

Haag and Rolling each went 2-3 while Ingalls was 12-4. Dena Looft, Johnson and Clausen each went 1-3 and Autumn Boland and Cheyanne Boland each went 1-4.

Consolation game

Midgets trounce Spencer in six

Very little went right for Spencer against the Midgets. The game started with ELC's Macy Dahl reaching base on an error. With Carson Gjerde at the plate, Dahl went to steal second. Spencer's throw was in time as Dahl was tagged out by the shortstop. But Dahl's cleat hit her in the face and she left the field holding her forehead with a gash.

Gjerde then reached base on an error by Spencer's replacement. With two outs, Liz Brashear singled to score the first run. Caitlyn Clayton drew a walk and a double by Joslyn Moore put ELC ahead 3-0. Rachel Bates then singled to bring in Moore, but tried to reach third on the play as she was tagged out at the bag.

After a scoreless second inning, Gjerde reached on an error went to second on a groundout by Kirchner, to third on a passed ball and scored when Brashear grounded out to third. ELC wasn't done as Clayton reached on an error followed by consecutive singles by Moore, Bates and Megan Jensen as ELC plated three more runs to lead 8-0.

Spencer got one run back in the bottom of the third, taking advantage on one of Gjerde's two walks in the game.

ELC got that run back as Gjerde led off the fourth with at triple and scored when Kirchner grounded out to third base.

After holding the Midgets scoreless in the fifth inning, Spencer couldn't get an out in the sixth.

Dahl led off with a double followed by singles from Gjerde, Kirchner, Brashear and Clayton before getting Clayton out as Moore reached base on a fielder's choice. Bates drew a walk and a triple by Jensen scored two more runs. That was followed by singles from Alyssa Friesner and Dahl. Gjerde also reached base safely to load the bases. Kirchner then was out via the infield-fly rule for the second out. But Brashear hit a grounder to the shortstop as two more runs came home. Clayton then singled to bring in two more runs.

Gjerde earned the win as she gave up one unearned run on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Bates was 2-3 with three RBIs, Jensen was 2-3 with three RBIs, Moore was 2-5 with three RBIs and Dahl and Gjerde also went 2-5. Kirchner, Brashear and Clayton each had two RBIs.

Championship game

Warriors shut out Titans in three

After a scoreless first inning, North Union went to work scoring five runs in the second and 10 in the third against GTRA.

The highlight of the second inning was a three-run home run by Allie Ingalls.

After GTRA starting pitcher Grace Skattebo gave up two one-out walks in the third inning, the Warriors' Autumn Boland hit the second home run of the game off reliever Brooke Hoffman. Hoffman struggled throughout the rest of the inning, giving up five walks and five hits including a triple by Boland in her second at-bat of the inning.

Meanwhile North Union starter Peyton Oleson limited the Titans to just two hits with one strikeout and no walks in three innings of work. The Warriors' did commit four errors in the game, including three in the third inning, but didn't allow a run.

Autumn Boland finished 3-4 with five RBIs while Ingalls was 2-3 with five RBIs. Taylor Mathine went 2-2 with an RBI while Cheyanne Boland and Collete Haag each went 1-3.

For the Titans, Skattebo gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with one strikeout and one walk. Brooke Hoffman gave up 10 runs (four earned) on five hits with one strikeout and seven walks.

At the plate, Morgan McGrauth was 1-1 while Skattebo went 1-2.



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