An emotional evening
For a moment, softball was forgotten Wednesday evening in Estherville.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Estherville Lincoln Central held a slim 9-7 lead over visiting Sioux City North with courtesy runner Alex Olesen on second and Brenna Wegner on third base.
A passed ball gave Wegner an opportunity to score.
Though she slid safely into home plate, the Sioux City North defender fell awkwardly on Wegner’s head.
The senior outfielder, obviously hurt, lay there as officials checked quickly checked on her.
Eventually, the ambulance came and took her to Avera Holy Family where she was later flown to Sioux Falls.
Her condition was unknown at press time.
Back in the game, ELC hung on to its lead to win the second contest of the doubleheader, 11-9.
The Midgettes won game one 9-3.
ELC built a 5-0 lead, with all runs in the second inning, which included a two-run single by Erin Beardsley.
After North rallied with three runs in the top of the sixth, Christa Clayton came up with a grand slam to put the game out of reach in the bottom of the inning.
In game two, ELC built a 7-0 lead.
In the first inning, Beardsley led off with a single and scored on a double by Kristi Juergens. Olesen, running for Juergens, scored later when Jordan Jacobson reached on an error.
ELC added three more runs in the second inning. Taylar Jacobson drew a leadoff walk. Beardsley laid down the sacrifice bunt, but reached safely as the North pitcher overthrew first base. Jacobson scored on the play as Beardsley went to third. Juergens then came up with a one-out single. Olesen, again running for Juergens, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out single by Melanie Bandow.
In the third, a single by Maggie Asman plus a North error sent her to second and she stole third base. She scored when Caitlin Swisher grounded out to the shortstop.
With two outs, Beardsley singled and then scored when Wegner reached on a North error.
The visitors, which only had two hits off starting pitcher Brooke Egeland heading into the top of the fourth, came out swininging with a double and a triple. A walk followed by another double and single gave them four runs to cut the deficit to 7-4.
ELC answerd in the fifth when Christa Clayton drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Banow, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordan Jacobson.
Egeland struggled in the top of the fifth walking the first two batters and giving up a double before she was relieved by Christensen. Christensen gave up a walk to load the bases and North cut the deficit to 8-7 before ELC got out of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, Taylor Jacobson led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrfice bunt by Beardsley and went to third on a passed ball. Wegner drew a walk and with runners at the corners, both went for the steal. Jacobson appeared caught ina rundown between third and home, but a poor throw allowed her to score for the 9-7 lead.
After Wegner scored, ELC added one more insurance run.
North came up with two runs before the game was called for darkness.
Egeland earned the win with one strikeout and four walks.
ELC (2-1) begins defense of its Lakes Conference title next Tuesday at Cherokee.
North 000 003 0 – 3 5 2
ELC 050 004 x – 9 10 2
North – Denny (LP) and n/a. ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens.
North 000 432 – 9 7 n
ELC 232 130 – 11 8 n
North – n/a. ELC – Egeland (WP), Christensen (5) and Juergens.