WC 3, ELC 1: Midgets drop first Lakes game to Wolfpack
HULL – After coming up with big hits in each of its first two Lakes Conference games, Estherville Lincoln Central left nine baserunners stranded in a 3-1 loss to Western Christian on Wednesday.
ELC had baserunners nearly every inning, including runners at second and third in the first and bases loaded in the fourth inning, but couldn’t knock them in.
“We had runners in scoring position, but give Western Christian credit. They made the plays when they needed to,” said ELC coach Chuck Fandel.
The Midgets’ defense let the team down which helped Western Christian move its baserunners and eventually score.
Keith Fandel pitched well with 11 strikeouts and two walks while giving up four hits.
The Wolfpack scored in the first inning. With two outs, the third strike bounced away from ELC catcher Justin Doyle and the throw to first was off. Western Christian took advantage with an RBI double.
In the fourth, the Wolfpack had a leadoff single and an error on the pickoff throw allowed the runner to reach second. A sacrifice fly eventually scored the run.
Western Christian then added an insurance run in the sixth.
ELC didn’t get on the board until the seventh with Doyle and Joel Kazmerzak led off the inning with a pair of singles. A one-out single by Marcus Christensen loaded the bases and a sacrifice fly by Fandel brought in a run.
Alex Arends stepped up to the plate, but a ground out ended the game.
ELC had nine hits with Cody Prather going 2-3 and Christensen going 2-4. Doyle, Kazmerzak and Scott Schmidt each went 1-3 and Fandel and Arends were 1-4.
ELC (4-2, 2-1) is home with Sheldon on Friday.
The Estherville Lincoln Central Junior Varsity earned its first win with a 10-6 victory over Western Christian.
Tyler Lutz earned the win on the mound.
At the plate, Adam McCarthy was 2-4 with a double and Jake Lange was 1-2 with a three-RBI double.
Dan Gabbard was 1-4 with an RBI double. Marucs Origer, Joe Clayton and Gable Bonner each went 1-4 with a RBI. Dan Jones and Brenna Nyren also were 1-4.