Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire's young softball team got off to a quick start, but Class 3A No. 9 Estherville Lincoln Central had too much fire power.
The game got away from the Titans with a few errors as the host Midgets won 11-1 in five innings in their season opener on Wednesday.
"We're a very young ball club, but offensively we improved tonight," said GT/RA coach Jana Beisell, whose team lost their season opener to Alta-Aurelia on Tuesday. "We were selecting more good pitches to hit-but just hit right at them (the defense)."
ELC right fielder Colleen Humble runs in to make the catch during play against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire on Wednesday in Estherville.
Photo by David Swartz
The Titans sent seven batters to the plate in the first inning, but came away with just one run. Brooke Hoffman singled and went to third on an ELC error. After Daisy Jordan flew out to first baseman Alyssa Friesner, Morgan McGrauth drew a walk to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Hoffman to score. ELC starter Liz Brashear recorded her first strikeout of the season as Lauren Flaharty went down swinging. Alex Oleson then drew a walk to load the bases again, but Brashear got out of the inning with her second strikeout.
"We started the game like it was the first of the year," said ELC coach Megan Jensen. "We had a couple errors and gave up a couple walks in the first inning. But they (the Titans) also had some very good at bats."
GT/RA's lead was short-lived as ELC went to work with one out in the first inning. Carson Gjerde singled and Caitlyn Clayton followed with a two-strike home run over the left field fence. Brashear, who finished 4-4 at the plate, singled. Courtesy runner Gabby Heckard stole second and Rachel Bates drew a walk. Sarah Schacherer reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. The senior then made a base-running error trying to steal second. But the Titans throw to first was off the mark. Meanwhile, Heckard sprinted for home. Another poor throw to home by the Titans allowed Bates to score and ELC led 4-1. Schacherer made it to third during the confusion, but was left stranded after two ELC popups.
ELC lost 7-3 to Bishop Heelan on Friday. Results for the second game at the Sioux City Tournament were unavailable at press time.
The Midgets didn't score again until the third inning when Sadie Rosenbooom drew a leadoff walk followed by a single by Megan Jensen, A triple by Gjerde upped ELC's lead to 6-2.
In the fifth inning, the wheels fell off for the Titan's defense. Schacherer reached on an error and Friesner singled. Colleen Humble then reached on an error with one run crossing the plate. A double by Jensen scored two more runs. A single by Gjerde sent Jensen to third. Gjerde stole second. A groundout by Clayton brought in the 10th run and Brashear hit her fourth single to end the game.
Brashear earned the win as she struck out five and walked two while giving up three hits. Hoffman, Jordan and Alana Rehm had the Titans' three hits.
Taylor Park took the loss as she gave up 13 hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Jensen and Gjerde each went 3-4 with two RBIs. Clayton was 1-4 with three RBIs Friesner was 1-3 and Bates was 1-2.
Big innings propel Midgets to victory
FOREST CITY - Class 3A No. 9 Estherville Lincoln Central won its second straight game of the season as the Midgets had a big first inning and a big seventh inning in a 13-3 win over Forest City on Thursday.
ELC opened with a four-run salvo in the first inning and led 8-3 heading into the seventh when the Midgets came up with five runs.
ELC coach Megan Anderson was most pleased with her defense, which didn't commit an error.
"I thought that was great," she said. "We also hit the ball better and had a lot of extra base hits. We came out strong, but we need to be more consistent rather than one big inning."
ELC finished with 13 hits on the night led by Caitlyn Clayton, who wet 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Carson Gjerde was 2-3 and scored three times, Sarah Schacherer finished 2-4 with a triple, a double and two RBIs and Alyssa Friesner also went 2-4 with an RBI. Hallie Jensen was 1-3, Rachel Bates finished 1-3 with three RBIs and Megan Jensen finished 1-5 with a triple.
Liz Brashear picked up the win, giving up three unearned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
In junior varsity action, ELC won 13-5.