SPIRIT LAKE – Neither Estherville Lincoln Central or Spirit Lake came up with many hits, but the Midgettes’ defense proved stingier in a 3-0 shut out on Wednesday. “(Shortstop) Christa (Clayton) had a lot of hits her way and made a lot of good plays,” said ELC coach Mindy Brechwald. ELC starter Amanda Christensen recorded six strikeouts and two walks while giving up just two hits in the win. ELC struck in the first inning when Erin Beardsley singled and went to second when the ball scooted past the indians fielder. A sacrifice bunt by Brenna Wegner moved Beardsley to third base and she then scored when Kristi Juergens reached on an error. Clayton came up with an RBI single to score courtesy runner Alex Olesen. The teams remained scoreless. Defensively, Clayton fielded two grounders in the second inning and grabbed two pop ups in the third. The second was a running catch sprinting into left field. The Midgettes added an insurance run run in the seventh when Beardsley doubled and stole third. An errant throw to third base allowed her to score. At the plate for ELc, Beardsley was 2-3, Juergens was 2-4 with an RBI and Clayton was 1-4 with an RBI. Spirit Lake had only two hits, both came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh from Kylie Ingvall and Briana Brunsvold. Mary Brown took the loss. She struck out five batters, walked five and gave up five hits. ELC (18-5, 9-1) is at the Spencer Tournament this Friday and Saturday. ELC200 000 1 – 3 5 2 Spirit Lake000 000 0 – 0 2 3 ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens. Spirit Lake – Brown (LP) and Jones. 2B – ELC: Beardsley.