ELC puts it all together
EMMETSBURG – Emmetsburg pitcher Maddison Woodruff did everything she did to keep Estherville Lincoln Central players off the base paths.
The E’Hawk ace struck out 16 batters, but ELC came up with three hits in the top of the seventh inning to win 2-0 in a pitchers’ duel on Monday. Morgan Schichtl came up with the two-out single down the right field line to drive in both runs.
“Tonight we had the three keys to winning-tough defense, good pitching and timely hitting,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “We have to have all three going to get a win. Kendall (Bosch) pitched a very good game. Our defense came out, played hard and made the plays look easy.”
The E’Hawks, rated fifth in Class 2A, and the Midgettes both entered Monday’s contest with one Lakes Conference loss.
Caitlyn Swisher, one of two ELC players that didn’t strike out, hit a one-out single in the seventh. Kelsey Shatto came up with a bunt and Emmetsburg made no throw as she had the infield single. Kellie Christensen came in to run for Swisher and Jessica Phillips came in for Shatto.
Brooke Egeland laid down th sacrifice bunt to move the players to second and third.
Schichtl then stepped to the plate and delivered her single to score the game’s only runs.
Defensively, ELC dodged a few bullets.
In the first inning, the E’Hawks had runners on second and third with two outs, but ELC pitcher Kendall Bosch induced a fly ball to center fielder Ashley Weston to end the threat.
Emmetsburg had a leadoff walk in the fourth inning,but never got past first. A leadoff double by Nicole Hasbrouck in the fifth inning also went nowhere with Bosch recording a couple strikeouts in the inning.
Emmetsburg again had a leadoff single in the sixth inning, but were unable to score that either.
In the seventh, one groundout to third baseman Egeland and two to shortstop Emily Kirchner ended the game.
Bosch struck out seven and walked one in the win.
At the plate, Maggie Asman, Swisher, Shatto and Schichtl all went 1-3.
ELC (5-2, 4-1) travels to Cherokee on Wednesday.