2008 ELC Softball Classic – A day on the diamond
The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team won its seventh and eighth straight games at its own tournament on Saturday, but the Midgettes needed a little rally against Algona.
After winning 11-1 in six innings against Graettinger/Terril in the tournament opener, ELC waited the rest of the day to play the nightcap against Algona.
The Bulldogs held a 6-5 lead heading into the sixth inning, but ELC came up with three runs in the top of the inning for an 8-6 victory.
The Midgettes had giving up five runs in the bottom of the first inning with three straight errors to start the game.
ELC tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Algona pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
In the top of the sixth, Amanda Christensen drew a leadoff walk. Courtesy runner Emily Jensen then went to second on a passed ball. After Kristi Juergens flew out to center field, the throw-in got past the pitcher allowing Jensen to get to third. Christa Clayton drew a walk with a passed ball allowing Jensen to score. Clayton went to second on the play. With two outs, Jordan Jacobson delivered a double to right-center field to give ELC its first lead. After a walk to Taylar Jacobson, two passed balls allowed Jordan to score.
ELC shut down the Bulldogs in the sixth with the game called for the time limit.
ELC only had six hits with Clayton going 1-1 with a double and two runs and Brenna Wegner going 1-1.
Christensen earned the win on the mound as she gave up nine hits, only one earned run with two strikeouts and one walk.
ELC 11, G/T 1, 6 inn.
Against Graettinger/Terril, eighth-grader Kendall Bosch earned her first varsity win. She struck out two batters and walked none while giving up seven hits to the Knights.
She had plenty of run support.
Erin Beardsley led off with a double that hit the top of the left-center field fence and went to third when Jensen reached on an error. A double by Kristi Juergens brought in both runs with Juergens taking third on the throw home. Courtesy runner Maggie Haugen scored with a single up the middle. After another Knight error, G/T starter Malorie Girres struck out the side to get out of the inning.
But ELC kept up the pressure in the second inning.
Taylar Jacobson led off with a single followed by two stolen bases. Erin Beardsley drew a walk and stole second with a single by Jensen bringing in two runs. After a single by Juergens, Melanie Bandow blasted a three-run home run over the left-field fence for a 8-0 ELC lead.
The Knights scored their only run in the third when Liz Sparks led off with a single. Lindsay Flaharty hit a grounder to shortstop Clayton who got Sparks at second, but then Theresa Petersen doubled to bring in the run.
ELC added two runs in the fourth inning helped by a pair of Knight errors along with an RBI double by Alex Olesen and a sacrifice fly by Maggie Asman.
ELC scored the game-ending run in the sixth when Bandow led off with a single followed by a Knight error and an RBI-single by Asman.
At the plate, Bandow was 2-4 with three RBIs, Jensen and Juergens each were 2-4 with two RBIs, Asman was 1-3 with two RBIs, Clayton and Olesen each were 1-4 with an RBI, Beardsley was 1-2 and Taylar Jacobson was 1-3.
For the Knights, Petersen was 3-3 with two doubles and the lone RBI. Girres was 2-3 while Sparks and Dakota Hovinga each went 1-3.
Girres took the loss as she struck out four batters an walked three.
ELC (8-1, 2-0) hosts Emmetsburg today.
Spencer 15, G/T 3
Graettinger/Terril took on another Lakes Conference team in its second game of the day.
Spencer pounded out 15 hits in a 15-3 win over the Knights.
The Tigers used a nine-run third inning to take a 11-0 lead with G/T scoring all its runs in the bottom of the third inning.
For the Knights, Hovinga was 2-2 with two RBIs and Leah Flaharty was 2-2 with an RBI. Sparks and Petersen each had one hit.
Malorie Girres took the loss as she pitched four innings, giving up 11 hits with one strikeout. Mariah Girres pitched the final inning giving up four hits.
“We knew going into the tournament it’d be tough competition,” said G/T coach Jana Hector. “Offensively I hoped we’d hit the ball and we did that, but I knew defensively, they would hit the ball. We found some things to work on and it will prepare us for some tough competition this week.”
The Knights (1-4) were scheduled to host Ruthven-Ayrshire on Monday with Okoboji coming to Terril today.
G/T 001 000 – 1 7 6
ELC 350 201 – 11 11 0
G/T – Girres (LP) and Mart. ELC – Bosch (WP) and Juergens. 2B – GT: Petersen 2; ELC: Beardsley, Juergens. HR – ELC: Bandow.
ELC 020 303 – 8 6 4
Algona 500 100 – 6 9 2
ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens. Algona – Siefken (LP). 2B – ELC: Clayton. A: Morris. HR – A: Morris.
Spencer 207 13 – 15 15 0
G/T 003 00 – 3 6 3
Spencer – Mclaury (WP) and Doppenberg. G/T – Malorie Girres (LP), Mariah Girres and Mart.