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ELC victorious at home tourney

Egeland drives in key run vs. Humboldt; pitches shutout in 7-0 win over Okoboji

June 26, 2017
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team improved to 17-5 on the season with two wins at its own tournament on Saturday.

Brian Egeland had a solid day, providing the walk-off hit in a 5-4 victory over Humboldt. He then pitched a shutout victory against Okoboji in a 7-0 Midget win.

Against Humboldt, ELC trailed 3-0 before coming up with four runs in the fifth inning. The Wildcats tied the game the top of the sixth, which set up Egeland's winning hit in the bottom of the seventh as he drove in Trey Jacobson.

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Bennett Loock jumps out to his lead on first base during ELC’s loss to Spirit Lake last Wednesday.
Photo by David Swartz

Lucas Gardner pitched five innings, striking out seven batters while giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits with four walks. Hunter Wheatley earned the win as he closed out the game giving up one hit and two walks in two innings of work.

Trevor Friesner went 2-4 for ELC while Jacobson, Evan Olesen and Gardner each were 1-3. Egeland was 1-1.

Against Okoboji, Egeland struck out six batters and scattered seven hits over his seven innings of work.

Offensively, ELC scored a run each in the first and fifth innings, before erupting for five runs in the top of the sixth to win the championship game. Olesen finished with three hits while Egeland had two.

In the other two games at the ELC Tournament, Okoboji defeated Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 9-0 in the semifinal and Humboldt defeated H-M-S 17-3 in the consolation game.

ELC returns to Lakes Conference play to start the week, hosting Emmetsburg this evening and traveling to LeMars on Wednesday.

Indians nip Midgets again

Estherville Lincoln Central had its chances to beat Spirit Lake for the second time this season, but the Midgets couldn't get that extra timely hit when it was needed as the Indians won 3-2 for the second time this season in the rivalry.

Spirit Lake won the first game 3-2 on June 5 with a walk-off hit in the eighth inning.

On Wednesday, ELC scored its two runs in the fourth inning. Lucas Gardner drew a one-out walk, stole second base and went to third when Bennett Loock singled. Trevor Friesner then laced the ball down the third-base line to score Gardner. Alec Heifner then reached base when the Spirit Lake second baseman dropped a bloop hit to his side of the field as ELC loaded the bases. Blake Miller then hit the ball to shallow left field and another drop allowed Loock to score. However Friesner was on his way back to second base, as Spirit Lake was able to get the force at third. ELC reloaded the bases as No. 9 batter Seth Loock drew the walk.

However, that's all ELC would get as Trey Jacobson went down on strikes.

The bottom of Spirit Lake's order came through, as Austin Jennings hit a leadoff single. ELC ace Evan Olesen worked a 2-2 count against No. 9 batter Ben Newman, when the next pitch plunked the Spirit Lake batter. The top of Spirit Lake's order went to work with Gavin Kramer loading the bases with a bunt single and a single by Nick Christensen brought two runs home. A one-out sacrifice fly to right field brought in the go-ahead run.

ELC went down in order in the sixth inning. Jacobson and Jacob Bosch both hit two-out singles in the seventh, but Olesen then hit a grounder to the shortstop with the Indians taking the out at second base to end the game.

Olesen took the loss for ELC as he finished with six strikeouts while giving up seven hits, one walk and one hit batter.

At the plate for ELC, Bosch was 2-4 while Jacobson, Olesen, Gardner, Bennett Loock and Friesner each had a hit. Friesner and Miller each had an RBI.



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