Midgettes shut out E’Hawks
The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team bounced back from Monday’s loss to Storm Lake with a 2-0 win over Emmetsburg on Tuesday.
While the game featured solid pitching and defense for the most part, it also featured two unusual plays.
ELC scored first in the bottom of the third inning when Taylar Jacobson laid down a one-out bunt single followed by a single by Erin Beardsley. A passed ball allowed the runners to advance to second and third and Brenna Wegner delivered an RBI single to score the run.
The first unusual play came in the top of the fourth inning.
With two outs, Emmetsburg came up with consecutive singles. The next batter hit a grounder to Jacobson at second base who bobbled the ball allowing the lead runner to score–apparently.
The fans noticed the runner didn’t touch home plate. ELC catcher Kristi Juergens got the ball and tagged the base for the third out, erasing the E’Hawks run.
The second strange play came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Melanie Bandow ripped the ball up the right field line for an easy single.
The relay throw from right field to the second baseman occurred without a hitch, but an errant throw to the pitcher, who reacted slowly, allowed Bandow to run to second. The E’Hawk catcher charged the ball and came up throwing, but was off the mark. The ball squirted into center field allowing Bandow to score.
Except for the error in the fourth, the ELC defense was solid.
Amanda Christensen earned the win as she struck out six batters including striking out the side in the top of the seventh. She gave up just one walk and four hits.
At the plate, ELC had just six hits led by Wegner who was 2-3 with an RBI. Bandow and Jacobson each went 1-2 while Erin Beardsley and Christensen each went 1-3.
ELC (9-2, 3-1) hosts Spencer today. School officials said both today’s and Thursday’s home games will start with the varsity at 4:45 p.m.
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Emmetsburg – Woodruff (LP) and Lott. ELC – Christensen (LP) and Juergens.