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14 Ks for Gruhlke

By Staff | Jun 19, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s Jake Lange, courtesy running for catcher Justin Doyle, slides safely home as Spirit Lake catcher Shae Heinrichs is unable to hang on to the toss from pitcher Ethan Carlson. EDN photo by David Swartz

SPIRIT LAKE — Estherville Lincoln Central played the spoiler as Spirit Lake dedicated its new baseball field Wednesday.

Behind a 14-strikeout, two-hit performance from southpaw Matt Gruhlke, the Midgets shut out the Indians 10-0.

“We faced a tough pitcher tonight,” said Spirit Lake coach Jason Schneider. “he was on and worked ahead in the count. He mixed in the fast ball well.”

The Indians had chances to score with a leadoff runner in each of the first three innings.

“We didn’t execute,” said Schneider. “We just need to put the bat on the ball.”

Filling in for injured senior fristbaseman Marcus Stangl, Spencer Johnson makes the stretch for an out in the first inning against Spirit Lake on Wednesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

ELC scored in the first running .

In the second inning, Justin Doyle reached on an error followed by singles from Marcus Christensen and Keith Fandel to load the bases.

With two outs, Gruhlke hit a ball just in front of home plate.

Pitcher Ethan Carlson made a dive and flipped it to catcher Shae Marks, but Marks was unable to hang on to the throw as Jake Lang, courtesy running for Doyle, slid safely home.

A walk to Scott Schmidt reloaded the bases, but Christensen scored on a passed ball as ELC took a 3-0 lead.

ELC took advantage of another Indian error in the fourth inning.

The Midgets also came up with a couple hits as Cody Prather had a two-RBI single and Jeremy Hunt a two-RBI double.

ELC (12-8, 5-3) hosts the ELC Tournament on Saturday.