ELC wins tough two at Spencer
SPENCER — The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team didn’t make it easy, but the Midgettes came up with two wins to open the Spencer Tournament on Friday.
ELC needed a seventh-inning rally and nine innings total to defeat Newell-Fonda 7-6 in the first game. Five Midgette errors helped the opponent.
“We made too many mistakes in the first game,” said ELC coach Mindy Brechwald. “But to still come out on top in extra innings was good.”
In the second game, the Midgettes got on top early and won 5-1 over Sioux City Heelan.
In game one, ELC trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Erin Beardsley led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. Two outs later, Christa Clayton hit a sharp ground ball that bounced over the third baseman’s head to score the tying run.
In extra innings, the teams went to international tie-breaker rules where a runner is placed at second base.
Newell-Fonda had a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third and came up with the hit to score her, but that was all ELC allowed.
In the bottom of the inning, Melanie Bandow started on second. Amanda Christensen laid down a bunt and the Mustang defense tried to get Bandow at third, but both runners were safe. Taylar Jacobson then came up with the sacrifice fly to center field to score the tying run.
ELC also couldn’t come up with the game-winning hit.
However, the Midgettes defense held in the ninth.
N-F started with a grounder to Clayton at shortstop, who held the runners. The Mustangs had a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third and ELC walked the next batter to load the bases.
A pop up to Bandow at third base was the second out with the final batter grounding out to Clayton.
In the bottom of the ninth, Emily Jensen started at second base. Beardsley laid down the sacrifice bunt and then Jensen scored the game-winning run on a passed ball.
Amanda Christensen went all nine innings in the win. She gave up nine hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate, Jordan Jacobson was 2-4 with two RBIs, Clayton was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, Bandow was 2-4 with a double and a triple, Christensen and Taylar Jacobson each went 1-3 and Beardsley was 1-4 with a double.
Against Heelan, ELC scored the first two runs in the second inning when Taylar Jacobson drew a walk. She moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Kristi Juergens reached on an error. Alex Olesen, running for Juergens, scored on an RBI double by Clayton.
ELC scored two more runs in the fourth and an insurance run in the fifth.
Kendall Bosch picked up the win on the mound. She struck out three and walked none while giving up six hits.
At the plate, Beardsley was 2-4 with three RBIs, Clayton was 2-3 with a double, Brenna Wegner was 2-4 with a double, Maggie Asman was 1-3 with a double and Jensen was 1-3.
Coach Brechwald said Wegner made a few good defensive plays in left field including catching a line drive and doubling up a runner and also making a catch near the fence.
ELC (19-5) returns to the Spencer Tournament today to play Charter Oak-Ute at 12:45 p.m.and Denison-Schleswig at 4:30.
N-F 013 010 010 – 6 9 2
ELC 220 000 111 – 7 9 5
NF – Devereaux (LP) and Kies. ELC – Christensen (WP) and Beardsley. 2B – Clayton, Bandow, Beardsley. 3B – Bandow
ELC 002 201 0 – 5 8 2
Heelan 000 100 0 – 1 6 2
ELC – Bosch (WP) and Juergens. Heelan – Johnson (LP) and Parkinson. 2B – Clayton, Wegner, Asman.