SIOUX CITY - Class 3A No. 9 Estherville Lincoln Central finished its first tournament with a 1-2 record on Friday, Saturday, May 30-31.
On Friday, the Midgets fell 7-3 to Bishop Heelan and then were trailing 6-0 to Sergeant Bluff-Luton when the game was called in the third inning after several lightning delays. That game won't count toward either team's record.
The Midgets bounced back with 12 hits in an 11-8 win over Lewis Central on Saturday, but then lost 11-0 to Woodbury Central.
Against Bishop Heelan, Carson Gjerde got the start and gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits with no strikeouts and five walks in three innings of work. Liza Brashear closed out the final three innings and gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.
"We were inconsistent on defense and they took advantage of our errors," said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
ELC had five hits led by Gjerde, who went 2-3 with an RBI. Caitlyn Clayton, Brashear and Alyssa Friesner each went 1-2. Brashear had ah RBI.
ELC got at least one hit from seven different batters against Lewis Central.
Megan Jensen went 4-4 with an RBI while Caitlyn Clayton was 2-3 with three RBIs, including her second home run of the season. Brashear went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. Sarah Schacherer, Colleen Humble, Hallie Jensen and Rylee Miller each had one hit. Humble's hit was a double and she also had an RBI.
"She was a good pitcher and threw well, but we hit well up and down the lineup," said Anderson. "I thought Liz did a nice job with their batters and we got a lot of easy pop flies."
Brashear earned the win. She gave up eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
ELC mustered just one hit against Woodbury Central with Brashear going 1-2.
"This is a perfect example of extremes," said Anderson. "We lost all momentum. We actually had bases loaded with one out in the first inning, but couldn't bring in the runs.
The Midgets' defense also suffered, as six of Woodbury-Central's runs were unearned.
"We committed five errors which gave them five extra outs and they hit the ball well," said Anderson.
Brashear pitched five innings and gave up seven hits with one strikeout in the loss. Eighth grader Morgan White made her first appearance on the mound and gave up two hits with two walks in one inning..