Midgettes remain perfect in Lakes
Rivals Estherville Lincoln Central and Spirit Lake can always be counted on for a good game.
Wednesday’s contest though was nearly all ELC in an 8-2 Midgette victory.
The game was only 1-0 in ELC’s favor after three innings, but ELC began hitting the ball in the fourth.
Christa Clayton led off with a double to right field and Melanie Bandow followed with one in the same direction that went over the head of right fielder Kori Heidebrink.
That went for a triple to bring in Clayton. Jordan Jacobson followed with an RBI single.
One out later, consecutive singles by Maggie Asman and Emily Jensen loaded the bases. Erin Beardsley brought in one more run with a sacrifice fly to left field as ELC took a 4-0 lead.
The Midgettes took advantage of a couple of walks by Spirit Lake pitcher Mary Brown in the fifth. Brown walked three of the first four batters.
Taylor Jacobson then hit a ball to second baseman Brianna Brunsvold. Catcher Caila Jones couldn’t handle the ball allowing Clayton to score. A couple more bad throws by the Indians allowed Bandow and Jordan Jacobson to score on the play.
Spirit Lake tried to mount a rally in the sixth inning.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Kaisha Brown came up with an RBI single to left followed by an RBI single by Emily Mercer to right before ELC got out of the inning.
Leading 7-2, ELC added an insurance run when Beardsley led off with a double. She went to third on a Spirit Lake error and scored when Kristi Juergens grounded out to Brunsvold at second.
Amanda Christensen earned the win, giving up five hits while striking out three batters and walking six.
Seven ELC batters had at least one hit.
Jensen, the No. 9 batter, was 2-3.
Beardsley was 1-2 with a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly and an RBI. Bandow was 1-2 with a triple and an RBI. Jordan Jacobson was 1-2 with an RBI. Juergens was 1-3 with an RBI. Clayton was 1-4 with a double and Asman was 1-3.
For Spirit Lake, Jones had two of her team’s hits as she was 2-3. Kaisha Brown was 1-2 and Mercer was 1-3.
Brown took the loss, giving up eight hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
ELC (4-1, 2-0) hosts a doubleheader with Collins-Maxwell on Friday.
In junior varsity action, ELC rallied from a 2-0 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Kelsey Shatto was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, Christina Tendal was 2-3 with a double and Alex Olesen was 2-3.
Brooke Egeland earned the win on the mound. She struck out eight batters, walked six and gave up four hits..
Spirit Lake 000 002 0 – 2 5 4
ELC 001 331 x – 8 8 0
Spirit Lake – Brown (LP) and Jones. ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens.