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Strong pitching leads

By Staff | May 24, 2008

FOREST CITY — A strong night of pitching and a couple of timely hits helped the Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team earn two more wins on Friday.

In game one of the doubleheader, Keith Fandel struck out 10 batters and walked one while giving up three hits in a 3-1 victory.

In the second contest, Matt Gruhlke threw a no-hitter while striking out nine batters and walking three.

The Midgets committed no errors in either game.

“Pitching was definitely the big story,” said ELC coach Chuck Fandel. “When you have 10 and nine strikeouts, it takes a lot of pressure off of your defense.”

Forest City struck first in game one with a run in the bottom of the first, but a solo home run over the left-field fence by Marcus Stangl in the second inning tied the game.

ELC broke the tie in the top of the fifth inning with RBI singles by Fandel and Gruhlke. Marcus Christensen also had a hit in the inning while Scott Schmidt reached on the Indians’ lone error.

In game two, ELC’s bats picked up with 12 hits.

Stangl drove in the first two runs in the first inning and ELC ended with a five-run fifth inning.

At the plate, Fandel was 3-4 with a double and four RBIs, Gruhlke was 2-3 with a triple and four RBIs, Stangl was 2-3 with a double and three RBIs and Christensen was 1-2 with a double.

ELC (4-1) begins Lakes Conference play next Tuesday at Cherokee.

ELC 010 02 – 3 4 0

Forest City 100 00 – 1 3 1

ELC – Fandel (WP) and Doyle. Forest City – Farland (LP) and Helm.

ELC 230 25 – 112 12 0

Forest City 000 00 – 0 0 3

ELC – Gruhlke (WP) and Doyle. Forest City – Bakkum (LP) and Helm.