Weekend and late Friday games
Midgets play just one at Carroll Tournament
by David Swartz
CARROLL — The Estherville lincoln Central baseball team played just one game at the Carroll Tournament on Saturday with the remainder of the games canceled by rain.
ELC lost its only game 6-2, to Council Bluff Abraham Lincoln.
CB Abraham Lincoln took a 5-1 after 3 innings and cruised to a 6-2 win.
Collin Crowl had a two RBI triple in the first inning and a two run home run in the third to help his team to the lead. He was 3-3 with four RBIs.
ELC didn’t score until the third inning when Keith Fandel crossed the plate on an RBI ground-out by Matt Gruhlke.
ELC’s only other score came in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles by Alex Arends and Gruhlke.
Gruhlke and Arends both were 1-4 with a double while Cody Prather and Justin Doyle each went 1-3.
Joel Kazmerzak took the loss. He gave up eights hits.
The Midgets (7-6, 2-3) were at Western Christian Monday. The team is at Sheldon on Wednesday.
ELC 001 010 0 – 2 4 1
CB Abraham Lincoln 302 01 0 – x – 6 8 2
ELC – Kazmerzak (LP) and Doyle. CBAL – Webster (WP). 2B – ELC: Arends, Gruhlke; CBAL: Beck 2. 3B – CBAL: Crowl. HR – CBAL: Crowl.
ELC drops two at tourney
by David Swartz
WEBSTER CITY — Estherville Lincoln Central could come up with the key hits at the Webster City Tournament.
The Midgettes lost 7-3 to Fort Dodge in game one, despite out-hitting their opponent 9-5.
In the second game, ELC couldn’t come up with hardly any hits, losing 7-3 to Carroll-Kuemper.
“We got the hits in the first game, just not the timely ones,” said ELC assistant coach Molly Reuland. “Carroll-Kuemper’s pitching wasn’t overpowering, but we couldn’t find the holes.”
In game one, Amanda Christensen took the loss as she struck out two batters, walked three, hit one and gave up five hits.
At the plate, Erin Beardsley was 3-4 while Brenna Wegner was 2-4 with a double and an RBI and Christa Clayton was 2-4 with a double.
Brooke Egeland took the loss against Carroll-Kuemper. She gave up four hits and walked five in three innings. Kendall Bosch closed out the game. She gave up three hits and struck out five.
ELC also had four errors in the game.
At the plate, Melanie Bandow was 1-2 while Jordan Jacobson and Taylar Jacobson each went 1-3.
ELC 000 100 2 – 3 9 1
Fort Dodge 130 030 x – 7 5 1
ELC – Christensen (LP) and Juergens. Risepetter (WP) and Scharf. 2B – ELC: Wegner, Clayton.
Carroll-Kuemper 103 301 0 – 8 7 3
ELC 000 010 0 – 1 3 4
C-K – Van Zuinden (WP) and Drees. ELC – Egeland (LP), Bosch and Juergens.
No. 15 A-R shuts out CWL
by David Swartz
LUVERNE — The Armstrong-Ringsted softball team needed just four innings in a 19-0 shut out against Corwith-Wesley-Luverne on Friday.
Starting pitcher Amy Leach helped her defense with 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits and a walk. Meanwhile her defense helped her out with no errors and her teammates gave her obviously run support.
The Mustangs led just 1-0 after the second inning, but in the third, Julie Neppel’s grand slam home run capped a nine-run third inning. A-R added nine more in the fourth.
A-R, rated No. 15 in Class 1A’s latest poll, pounded out 16 hits on the night.
Rosie Cheever was 3-3 with three RBIs, Leach was 2-3 with three RBIs and a double, Brianne Gonzales was 2-3 with an RBI and a double, megan Sanders was 2-3 with two RBIs and a double, Logan Evans was 2-2, April Gunderson was 2-3 with two RBIs and a double and Brittney Mitchell was 2-4 with two RBIs.
Neppel was 1-4 with four RBIs.
A-R (8-1, 4-1) played at Lake Park on Monday. The Mustangs are at Pocahontas on Wednesday.
A-R 019 9 0 – 19 16 0
CWL 000 0 – 0 3 3
A-R – Leach (WP) and Sanders. CWL – Norland (LP) and Shultz. 2B – AR: Leach, Gonzales, Sanders, Gunderson. HR – AR: Neppel.