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Twice as lucky as seven

ELC wins home tourney, extends win streak to 14 games

June 25, 2019
Estherville News

By David Swartz

Managing Editor

Estherville Lincoln Central finished another perfect week and extended its winning streak to 14 games with wins over Okoboji and Humboldt on Saturday at the Midgets' Tournament.

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ELC first defeated Okoboji 8-2 and then took down Humboldt 7-4. In the tournament's other game, Okoboji defeated Humboldt 6-3.

Against Okoboji, ELC struck first with a two-RBI double in the third inning. The Pioneers' defense struggled in the bottom of the fourth. ELC scored four runs without a hit thanks to three Okoboji errors a couple walks and a groundout.

Okoboji scored its two runs in the fourth inning and ELC shut the door whenever the Pioneers put runners in scoring position the final three innings.

Fact Box

2019 Lakes Conference Baseball Standings


Storm Lake14-56-2

Spencer 10-64-4


Spirit Lake6-114-5

Western Christian5-121-5


Seth Vaske earned the win for ELC, pitching six innings while giving up two earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts and five walks. Brian Egeland earned the save, striking out one batter and walking one in the seventh inning.

At the plate, Ryan Schiltz was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, Rowley was 1-3 with a double and three RBIs, Egeland was 1-4 with a double and Brown was 1-1 with an RBI. Alec Heifner had an RBI.

Against Humboldt, ELC scored all its runs in the first two innings with two in the first and five in the second. ELC went to work in the second, as Seth Busch and Brown hit consecutive singles. The runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on consecutive sacrifice flies to center field by Ryan Schiltz and Alec Heifner.

With the bases cleared, Rowley started again with a single followed by a walk to Blake Miller. Egeland drove in both runs with a single and advanced to third on a Wildcat error. He scored when Vaske singled up the middle.

That gave ELC a 7-1 advantage and the Midgets limited Humboldt to one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Izaak Sander pitched all seven innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

At the plate, Miller was 2-2, Busch was 2-3, Egeland and Vaske each were 1-3 with two RBIs, Rowley was 1-2 with three stolen bases, and Schiltz was 1-3 with an RBI.

ELC (18-1 overall) has three conference games this week, going on the road against Storm Lake Monday and to Hull to face Western Christian on Tuesday, before hosting Spirit Lake on Wednesday.

Midgets stay

atop Lakes

LEMARS - On Friday, ELC stayed atop the Lakes Conference standings with a 7-3 win over LeMars. The kept ELC in first at 8-1 while Storm Lake dropped to 6-2 with a 3-0 loss to LeMars earlier in the week.

ELC scored six runs in the second inning. The Midgets loaded the bases as Vaske and Busch singled while Griffin Hoyer reached safely on a fielder's choice. Schiltz drew a walk to bring in the first run, Alec Heifner singled to bring in the next run and a sacrifice fly to center field brought in the third run. Miller came up with a two-RBI single and Sander hit a two-out RBI single to complete the big inning.

ELC limited LeMars to two runs in the third inning and another in the seventh.

Miller pitched 6 1/3 innings in the win, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Rowley closed the door and recorded one strikeout.

ELC cruises

past Braves

CHEROKEE - Estherville Lincoln Central had a rare easy Lakes Conference victory with a 13-1, five-inning win over host Cherokee on Wednesday.

While ELC started somewhat slow with a run in the first and a run in the second, the Midgets began pulling away with three runs in the third inning and then scored six in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Leadoff batter Ryan Schiltz scored four times, as he went 2-2 with a double, a pair of walks and a pair of stolen bases. Briar Rowley finished 2-3 with a double and five RBIs. Brian Egeland was 2-3 with an RBI and scored three times. Seth Busch was 1-3 with a double and an RBI while Seth Vaske was 1-2 with two RBIs. Griffin Hoyer was 1-2. Blake Miller was 0-2, but had two RBIs.

Alec Heifner threw a complete game, giving up one earned run on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.



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