A rare three-run error by Estherville Lincoln Central allowed visiting LeMars to rally all the way back from a 6-0 deficit and steal an 8-7 victory from the Midgettes on Tuesday.
ELC was alone at the top of the Lakes Conference with one loss, but now are 10-2.
ELC took a 7-5 lead into the seventh inning, but the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out on two singles and ELC starter Amanda Christensen’s fourth walk.
LeMars went for the bunt and second baseman Taylar Jacobson, covering first, saw the throw go off her glove. All three runs came around to give the Bulldogs the lead.
ELC finally got out of the inning on a pop up and ground-out to third baseman Melanie Bandow.
The Midgettes looked to rally when Kristi Juergens reached on an error. Courtesy runner Alex Olesen went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Brenna Wegner. Olesen continued to third when Jordan Jacobson struck out and the catcher had to throw down to first base on the dropped third strike.
Emily Jensen came up with a little blooper just behind second base. Three Bulldog defenders converged on the ball with the first to reach it bobbling it, but it landed in a teammate’s glove for the final out.
ELC started well enough with a six-run second inning off LeMars starter Amelia Stonesifer.
Juergens led off with a single followed by a walk to Wegner. Jacobson laid down a sacrifice bunt and Jensen came up with a two-RBI single.
With two outs, Taylar Jacobson hit came up with an RBI double followed by consecutive RBI singles by Erin Beardsley and Bandow. A single by Christa Clayton was followed by an RBI single from Juergens before the Bulldogs got out of the inning.
The Bulldogs began chipping away at the lead in the third inning with a leadoff single and a sacrifice bunt. Christensen the gave up her second walk. With runners at the corners, LeMars stole second and an errant throw home scored one run.
That was followed by an RBI double.
Beardsley saved a run in the outfield with a diving catch and Christensen caught a come-backer to end the inning.
Defensively, the Bulldogs switched pitchers to Jordan Heidebrink, which ELC struggled against for two innings.
Meanwhile, LeMars came up with three more runs with three singles, an ELC error and a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
The Midgettes missed a couple opportunities to score in the second. Juergens led off with a single and Olesen went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Wegner. Jordan Jacobson singled and Olesen tried to score on the play, but a perfect throw from center field got her at the plate.
Jacobson went to second and then scored when Jensen hit a grounder to the third baseman, who overthrew first.
For ELC, Juergens was 3-4 with one RBI, Taylar Jacobson was 2-3 with an RBI and two doubles.
Christensen struck out three batters and walked four.
ELC (22-6) will have to regroup as the Midgettes travel to Spencer which also has just two losses. ELC has another big game Thursday as they travel to LeMars for the rematch.
LeMars 002 030 3 – 8 11 3
ELC 060 010 0 – 7 11 3
LeMars – Stonesifer, Heidebrink (WP) and n/a. ELC – Christensen (LP) and Juergens. 2B – ELC: T. Jacobson 2.