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ELC struggling to find wins

July 4, 2014
by David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

Estherville Lincoln Central started the season strong, but finished the year losing seven of its final eight games, including a doubleheader in LeMars on Thursday and a game to Emmetsburg on Wednesday.

Bulldogs win home run fest, then shut out Midgets

LE MARS - A night after recording just one hit against Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central had a combined 15 hits in a doubleheader against Le Mars on Thursday.

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ELC second baseman Morgan White settles under a pop fly during Wednesday’s loss to Emmetsburg.

Photo by David Swartz

Unfortunately for the Midgets, they came up on the short end of both games as Le Mars finished with 10 hits in the first game of a 10-8 victory and 13 hits in an 11-0, six-inning win in the second.

The first game was a home-run fest as the two teams combined for five long balls with Le Mars recording three and ELC with two.

However, the Midgets' Carson Gjerde struggled in the first inning and while ELC tied the game twice, the visitors couldn't get over the hump.

Gjerde walked five batters in the top of the first. That combined with three Bulldog hits had the hosts leading 5-0.

ELC got two runs back as Megan Jensen reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the inning. Two outs later, Liz Brashear sent the ball over the left field fence.

The Bulldogs took advantage of a leadoff walk and a two-out single to go ahead 6-2. ELC kept up the pressure though as Alyssa Friesner and Morgan White led off the bottom of the second inning with two singles. After a sacrifice bunt by Karmen Hazen, a single by Rachel Bates brought in two runs to cut the deficit to 6-4.

A two-out solo home run by the Bulldogs in the top of the third made the score 7-4.

In the bottom of the inning, ELC went to work with one out as Brashear drew a walk and Sarah Schacherer doubled. This time, Alyssa Friesner hit a three-run home run-her second long ball of the season-to tie the game at 7-7.

Le Mars came back with a solo home run to start the fourth to retake the lead.

ELC didn't' tie the game until the bottom of the sixth inning when Hazen hit a double with one out and scored on a two-out single by Jensen.

But in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs got a leadoff single followed by their third home run of the game.

ELC threatened in the bottom of the inning as Caitlyn Clayton and Brasher both singled. On the bunt by Schacherer, Le Mars got the force at third base for the first out. Friesner drew a walk to load the bases. Colleen Humble, running for Brashear, tried to go home on a ball that got past the catcher. The ricochet off the backstop allowed the Bulldogs to tag her out. A ground out ended the contest.

Gjerde finished the night with three strikeouts and six walks in the loss.

At the plate, Brashear and Friesner each were 2-3 while Hazen and Bates were 1-3 and Jensen, Clayton and Schacherer each were 1-4.

In the second game, LeMars still had the hot bats, but ELC couldn't scratch out a run. ELC had a chance to score in the second inning when Friesner hit a one-out double and went to third on a wild pitch. A pop up and groundout ended the threat.

The Midgets didn't have another baserunner until the fifth inning when Friesner, White and Hazen hit consecutive singles to load the bases with two outs. But Le Mars again got out of the inning as pitcher Janessa Milbrodt struck out the next two batters and forced a groundout.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs scored two runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third to take a 5-0 lead. After setting ELC down in order in the top of the sixth, the Bulldogs put together five hits-including two home runs-to end the game via the 10-run rule.

ELC (15-14 overall, 7-7 in the Lakes Conference) opens Class 3A Tournament play at 7 p.m., Tuesday. The Midgets face seventh-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley in Boyden. The winner returns to Boyden to play the Spirit Lake vs. Sheldon winner on Thursday.

Jensen home run is lone hit for ELC

EMMETSBURG - Estherville Lincoln Central was simply a one-hit wonder against Emmetsburg on Wednesday-as in coach Megan Anderson wondered how the Midgets could muster just one hit against the E'Hawks in a 5-1 loss.

ELC's one hit was a solo home run by Megan Jensen in the top of the sixth inning.

"We need to be in a position where we come in expecting to win the game and then finding a way to win," said Anderson. "We need to stay motivated and go in with an attitude."

The Midgets had gone down in order the first three innings and finally got a base runner when Carson Gjerde reached on an error with one out in the fourth inning.

Meanwhile, the E'Hawks took advantage of three ELC errors and some timely hits to score three runs in the third inning. The E'Hawks added two insurance runs in the fourth, but wouldn't need them.

Liz Brashear took the loss for ELC. She struck out five batters, walked one, hit one and gave up 11 hits.



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