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Midgets earn split with Orabs

By Staff | Jul 2, 2008

Joel Kazmerzak chedks the runner at first base.

Sheldon and Estherville Lincoln Central finally faced each other on the diamond for the first time this season.

The first meeting was scheduled on June 11 and postponed twice, forcing the teams to play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

ELC took game one 7-5 with Sheldon taking the second game 3-0.

In the first game, Sheldon rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4.

ELC responded with three runs in the top of the seventh.

ELC’s Keith Fandel, left, completes a double play against Sheldon on Tuesday. EDN photo by David Swartz

With one out, Keith Fandel was hit by a pitch, Alex Arends reached on an error and Matt Gruhlke walked to load the bases. Marcus Stangl and Scott Schmidt both came up with RBI singles and ELC scored one more to lead 7-4.

Sheldon only managed one run in the bottom of the seventh as ELC preserved the win.

Fandel pitched all seven innings, striking out nine batters while giving up six walks and eight hits.

At the plate, Stangl was 3-3 with two RBIs, Schmidt was 2-4 with an RBI, Justin Doyle was 1-3 and Cody Prather was 1-4.

Joel Kazmerzak had the start in game two and gave the Midgets a chance to win.

However, ELC only mustered three hits.

The Orabs scored in the first inning, and added two insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, both on sacrifice flies.

ELC came up with some good defensive plays. In the fourth inning, Kazmerzak gave up a leadoff walk, but the next batter hit a grounder to second baseman Fandel, who stepped on his base and threw to first for a double play.

In the fifth inning, Sheldon put runners at second and third with a grounder hit to third baseman Cody Prather. He threw out the lead runner with catcher Doyle making the tag. Two pop ups to Fandel ended the inning.

Offensively, eLC didn’t come up with a hit until a two-out single by Schmidt in the fourth inning.

ELC loaded the bases in the sixth inning as Fandel led off with a single and Gruhlke and Stangl both drew one-out walks.

However, this time Schmidt hit into a double play.

Kazmerzak took the loss. He gave up seven hits with two strikeouts and six walks.

ELC (18-10, 10-5) travels to Emmetsburg today.

ELC101 020 3 – 7 9 1

Sheldon200 002 1 – 5 8 3

ELC – Fandel (WP) and Doyle. Sheldon – Pulscher (LP) and Kleinwolterink.

Sheldon100 001 1 – 3 7 1

ELC000 000 0 – 0 3 2

Sheldon – n/a and Kleinwolterink. ELC – Kazmerzak (LP) and Doyle.