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ELC to vie for Lakes championship

Midgets host LeMars today

July 1, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Class 2A No. 5 Estherville Lincoln Central will have a chance to win the 2018 Lakes Conference title outright, as the Midgets host Le Mars this evening.

ELC (9-2) has just two conference losses while the Bulldogs (7-3), Spencer (9-3) and Storm Lake (7-3) each have three league losses. Le Mars and Storm Lake play on Tuesday with the Tornadoes wrapping up league play on Friday against Western Christian

ELC split two conference games, falling to Spirit Lake 7-6 on Wednesday before bouncing back with a 12-2 win over Cherokee. The Midgets ended the week with an 11-3 non-conference victory over Emmetsburg.

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Spirit Lake 7, ELC 6

Trailing 3-2, ELC surged ahead of Spirit Lake with four runs in the fifth inning. The Indians answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to get within a run and then scored two runs in the seventh to take the victory.

Briar Rowley started against the Indians. He gave up three earned runs on two hits with four strikeouts and six walks. Lucas Gardner took the loss. In 4 1/3 innings, he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

ELC had just six hits with Evan Olesen going 2-4 while Bennett Loock was 1-2 with two RBIs, Blake Miller was 1-1 with an RBI, Trey Jacobson was 1-3 and Jacob Bosch was 1-4. Rowley and Will Larson each had an RBI.

ELC 12 Cherokee 2

Starting with a four-run first inning, ELC scored in every inning, capped by a four run fifth inning to put Cherokee away in five innings.

Blake Miller pitched all five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks.

ELC pounded out 11 hits with Jacobson and Rowley each going 3-4 and scoring three runs. Rowley had a home run and three RBIs. Jacobson also had an RBI. Bosch, Olesen, Gardner, Miller and Alec Heifner each had a hit. Bosch, Olesen and Gardner each had an RBI.

ELC 11, Emmetsburg 3

After giving up a lead in the bottom of the first inning, starter Alec Heifner and the ELC defense shut down Emmetsburg's offense for five innings while plating 11 runs. With an 11-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the E'Hawks scored two runs to extend the game. But in the seventh inning, Hunter Wheatley shut the door, striking out three of the five batters he faced. Heifner earned the win, as he struck out six batters, walked one and hit one.

ELC scored its first two runs in the second inning. Gardner led off with a double, went to third on a passed ball, and scored when a fly ball hit by Blake Miller was dropped in right field. Heifner drew a one-out walk and Noah Heifner entered to pinch run for Alec. The runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to right field by Seth Loock brought Miller home.

ELC added four runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth. In the sixth inning, Bosch led off with a double and Rowley reached on an error. Both runs came home on a double by Olesen, who then stole second base. He scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Bennett Loock to put ELC ahead 11-1.

Alec Heifner finished 2-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Olesen was 1-4 with two RBIs, Bennett Loock was 1-2 with an RBI, Jacobson, Gardner and Seth Loock each were 1-3 with an RBI, Miller was 1-3, Bosch was 1-4 with an RBI and Michael Houseman was 1-1.

ELC (20-3 overall) hosts Le Mars today and wraps up the regular season at home Tuesday against Garner-Hayfield/Ventura.



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