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ELC hands out a double dose of Midgette softball

By Staff | May 31, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central center fielder Erin Beardsley drove in all three runs in the Midgettes’ 3-1 win over Collins-Maxwell in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader. Above, the senior is greeted by her teammates’ smiles and cheers after her solo home run over the left field fence to lead off the fourth inning. EDN photo by David Swartz

Since its season-opening 2-1 loss to Okoboji, the Estherville Lincoln Central softball team has won six straight games after sweeping Collins-Maxwell in a doubleheader on Friday.

ELC coach Mindy Brechwald commended pitchers Amanda Christensen and Brooke Egeland for their performances in the 6-1 and 3-1 victories.

“Both pitchers threw well and we had some timely hitting,” she said. “Especially in the second game.”

Erin Beardsley drove in all three runs in the second contest.

In game one, Christensen struck out five, hit one batter and walked one while giving up just four hits in her victory.

ELC pitcher Brooke Egeland had two putouts to help or cause in the sixth inning against Collins-Maxwellon Friday. EDN photo by David Swartz

ELC got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the second inning.

Melanie Bandow led off with a single and scored on a double by Jordan Jacobson. Jacobson scored on a two-out single by Beardsley.

In the third inning, Kristi Juergens singled and courtesy runner Alex Olesen came in a double by Bandow. Maggie Asman also had a sacrifice fly in the three-run inning.

ELC’s sixth run came in the fourth inning as Beardsley and Christensen hit back-to-back singles. Beardsley scored on a sacrifice fly by Juergens.

ELC only had five hits led by Jordan Jacobson who was 2-3 with an RBI.

In game two, Beardsley opened the scoring with a home run over the left-field fence to leadoff the bottom of the fourth inning.

Collins-Maxwell came back with a double to start the fifth inning with the runner taking third on a passed ball and scoring on a groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, Jacobson led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Shatto and went to third when Christensen singled down the right-field line. Pinch runner Maggie Haugen stole second base to set up Beardsley again.

She sent a hard hit to right-center field for a two-run triple.

Collins-Maxwell went down in order in the top of the sixth, but had a leadoff single in the sixth.

However, shortstop Christa Clayton caught a low line drive and doubled up the runner. The Raiders came up with a single, but the final batter popped up to Clayton.

Egeland struck out one batter and walked one while giving up only five hits.

At the plate, Beardsley was 3-3 with three RBIs, Jacobson was 2-3, Christensen was 1-1 and Juergens was 1-3.

The Midgettes (6-1, 2-0) host Graetttinger/Terril at 9:30 a.m. today to kick off the ELC Softball Classic. ELC plays Algona at around 5:50 p.m.

Collins-Maxwell 000 010 0 – 1 4 1

ELC 023 100 x – 6 5 1

C-M – Jones (LP) and Peterson. ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens. 2B – Jacobson (ELC).

Collins-Maxwell 000 010 0 – 1 5 0

ELC 000 120 x – 3 7 0

C-M – Robinet (LP) and Peterson. ELC – Egeland (WP) and Juergens. 3B – Beardsley (ELC). HR – Beardsley (ELC)