Three nights, three Estherville Lincoln Central victories is a great way for the Midgets to end the week with the playoffs just around the corner.
After beating Spirit Lake on Wednesday and Central Lyon on Thursday, ELC avenged a June 10 loss to Emmetsburg with a 4-3 victory over the E'Hawks on Friday.
Corey Reeves had the hot bat for the Midgets as he went 2-3 with three RBIs and he drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
ELC’s Corey Reeves came up with this two-out, two RBI single to tie Emmetsburg at 3-3 in the bottom of the third inning on Friday. Reeves late drove in the game-winning run in the sixth inning.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Tyler Swanson earned the victory as he gave up five hits while striking out five and walking three.
"Three RBIs for Corey is a very good night," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "Tyler has been giving good performances all year and he keeps us in games."
Emmetsburg appeared ready from the start as Jacob Kibbie led the game off with a single. But when he tried to steal second, Reeves made a perfect throw to Burrell to pick him off.
Emmetsburg again got a leadoff single in the second inning, this time from Greg Wesley. After a sacrifice bunt by Joe Jackson, Taylor Wegner drew a walk. Luke Jackson then hit a grounder to third baseman Tucker Milburn, who bobbled the ball for ELC's only error of the night. That proved unfortunate for the Midgets as Zach Anderson hit a bases clearing double as Emmetsburg went up 3-0.
ELC didn't get the bats going until the bottom of the third inning.
Matt Burrell hit a one-out single, but was out as Tucker Milburn reached on a fielder's choice. Swanson drew a walk and then Justin Frederick hit the ball over first base for a double to bring one run in.
With runners at second third, Reeves singled down the left-field line and tied the game at 3-3.
Defensively after the second inning, Emmetsburg didn't get a runner past second base.
ELC had a chance to score in the fifth inning. Billy Snyder reached base on an error and Derek Nieland drew a one-out walk. With two outs, the runners advanced on a passed ball, but were left stranded when Milburn struck out.
In the sixth inning, Swanson led off by drawing his second walk off Emmetsburg starter Jake Jackson. Carsten Bosch was inserted for Frederick to lay down the sacrifice bunt. After getting two strikes, coach Evans elected to let Bosch try again and he laid down a perfect bunt to advance courtesy runner Alec Wycoff. A wild pitch allowed Wycoff to head to third base.
Reeves delivered for the second straight time with a single to get the go-ahead run.
ELC tried to add an insurance run. Tim Greving was substituted for Evan Hansen and he laid down a sacrifice bunt to move courtesy runner Blake Gjerde. Gjerde went to third on a wild pitch, but was left stranded as Snyder struck out.
In the top of the seventh, ELC retired the E'Hawks in order with Swanson striking out the first and third batters, with the second batter grounding out to second baseman Snyder.
ELC finished with five hits. Frederick was 1-2 with an RBI while Swanson was 1-1 and Matt Burrell was 1-3.
Jake Jackson took the loss for Emmetsburg. He struck out eight and walked three batters.
ELC (10-11 overall) hosts Class 3A No. 6 LeMars on Monday.