Estherville Lincoln Central put everything together-timely hitting, good pitching and good defense-and shut out visiting Sheldon 4-0 in a non-conference matchup on Friday.
Tyler Swanson kept the Orab batters off balance and finished with 10 strikeouts and one walk while giving up just four hits.
"Tyler worked ahead in the count all night and he has a good tough attitude that you need on the mound," said ELC coach Lee Evans.
ELC’s Tyler Swanson recorded 10 strikeouts against Sheldon as the Midgets won 4-0 over the Orabs Friday at Hess-Limberg Field in Estherville.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC's defense played well behind him, committing just one error on the night.
"We played good team baseball tonight," Evans said. "We played free and easy and I'm pleased with the effort and the outcome."
Senior Derek Nieland, who recently returned to the lineup from an injury, led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and went to third as Adam Reiter grounded out to the Sheldon shortstop.
Billy Snyder than hit a grounder to the Orab second baseman, who elected to throw home to try to get Nieland. The throw was high allowing the Midgets to score the first run of the night.
ELC scored its second run in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Justin Frederick reached on a dropped ball in right field and Swanson followed with a single. With two outs, Bryce Center singled to the right-center field gap to give ELC a 2-0 lead.
ELC added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tucker Milburn led off with a single, and courtesy runner Dan Christensen went to second on a passed ball. Christensen went to third on a single by Frederick. Alec Wycoff came in to run and stole second. Swanson then hit a grounded out to third base, but the runners were unable to advance. Sheldon elected to intentionally walk Carsten Bosch to load the bases. Hansen then hit a grounder to the middle. Sheldon got the force out at second base, but an error on throw to first base allowed two runs to score.
For Sheldon, the Orabs only had runners at third base twice. In the second inning, Ben Marshall singled and Hunter McDonald to the left-center field gap with one out. But Swanson struck out Travis Byert and Graden Nordahl grounded out to end the threat.
In the sixth inning, Mitch Jensen hit a one-out single. With two outs, Grant Weaver hit a ball to Bosch at short. An error allowed the runners to advance to second and third. But Swanson struck out Marshall to end the threat.
Nieland and Swanson both finished 2-3 while Milburn, Frederick and Hansen each went 1-3.
ELC (5-9 overall) travels to Bancroft for a tournament hosted by North Union. The Midgets will play at 11 a.m. against North Union and 1 p.m. against Spirit Lake.
The ELC Junior Varsity (8-1-1) also shut out the Orabs with an 8-0 victory on Friday.
Austin Egeland struck out 11 batters while giving up two hits and two walks.
At the plate, Chase Bonner was 2-3 with two RBIs, Zach Humble was 2-3; Blake Gjerde and Hunter King each were 1-2 with an RBI, Dan Christensen was 1-2 and Alec Wycoff was 1-4.