ELC avenges early season loss
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Estherville Lincoln Central softball team scored four runs with two outs and then shut down Storm Lake for a 5-1 victory on Monday.
With the win, the Midgettes avenge their only Lakes Conference loss so far this sesaon. The Tornadoes beat ELC 2-1 on June 2.
“Our bats came alive when we needed it,” said ELC coach Mindy Brechwald.
ELC’s Taylar Jacobson started the fifth inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Erin Beardsley and to third when Melanie Bandow grounded out to first base. Christa Clayton drew a walk with Kristi Juergens coming up with an RBI single. That was followed by an RBI single up the middle by Brenna Wegner and Jordan Jacobson sent one up the middle right after that. But the center fielder didn’t handle Jacobson’s hit as two runs came home.
That was all ELC’s defense needed.
The Tornadoes came up with a leadoff double in the top of the sixth inning, but the final six batters went down in order.
Storm Lake scored its only run when they started the fourth inning with a leadoff single followed by a sacrifice bunt and an RBI triple.
ELC’s run in the bottom of the inning mirrored the Tornadoes’ run. Clayton led off with a single, moved to second on the sacrifice bunt by Kristi Juergens and scored on a triple by Wegner that hit the top of the right-center field fence.
Wegner and Jordan Jacobson each were 2-3 with two RBIs. Clayton was 2-2 with a sacrifice bunt and a walk, Juergens was 1-3 with an RBI and Beardsley and Taylar Jacobson each were 1-3.
Amanda Christensen earned the win on the mound as she gave up three hits, with two strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
ELC (22-5) hosts LeMars in a makeup game today.
Storm Lake 000 100 0 – 1 3 2
ELC 000 140 x – 5 9 1
Storm Lake – n/a. ELC – Christensen (WP) and Juergens.