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ELC players earn Lakes honors

Kirchner is unanimous pickKirchner is unanimous pick

August 2, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Placing second in the Lakes Conference resulted in seven Estherville Lincoln Central players earning all-conference honors for the 2013 softball season.

The Midgets finished 10-4 with Le Mars winning the conference with a 13-0 record and finishing the regular season 30-0.

However, ELC remains the only Lakes Conference team to earn a trip to the state tournament.

The Midgets have five players on the all-conference first team-junior pitcher Liz Brashear, sophomore catcher Caitlyn Clayton, sophomore first baseman Megan Jensen, senior shortstop Emily Kirchner and senior Macy Dahl as a utility player.

Brashear and Kirchner were both unanimous selections.

Freshman outfielder Carson Gjerde was named to the second team while senior outfielder Kristen King earned honorable mention.

In conference play only, Brashear pitched 74 innings and posted a 7-4 record with a 1.99 earned run average. She had 45 strikeouts with 20 walks and three hit batters.

Clayton led ELC at the plate with a .389 average in conference play with 14 hits including six home runs, four doubles and 18 RBIs. Kirchner batted .293 in conference play with 12 hits including two doubles, a triple and seen RBIs. Dahl batted .286 with 14 hits including four doubles and three RBIs. Jensen batted .308 with 12 hits including four doubles, a triple and seven RBIs.

Gjerde finished with a .195 average with eight hits including one double and three RBIs.

King batted .206 with seven hits including four doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

Spirit Lake places four on all-conference team

Spirit Lake had four players named to the All-Lakes Conference teams.

Infielder Paige Krause, outfielder Alissa Christoffer along with Bailee Newman, selected as a utility player, earned first-team recognition. Christoffer was a unanimous selection. Carly Ites made the second team as a utility player.

In conference play, Christoffer finished with a .581 average with 25 hits including one double and five RBIs. Krause batted .476 with 20 hits including four doubles, two triples a home run and 20 RBIs. Newman batted .366 with 15 hits including a double, a triple, a home run and eight RBIs. She also finished with a 9-5 record in conference play with a 3.83 ERA. She had 55 strikeouts and 50 walks with five hit batters.

Ites finished with a .389 average with 14 hits including three doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs.



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