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Estherville Lincoln Central 8, Lemars 7: Midgets hang on

By Staff | Jun 23, 2009

Estherville Lincoln Central pitcher Keith Fandel fires a pitch in to catcher Justin Doyle during the Midgets’ game with LeMars on Monday. Find more photos at cu.esthervilledailynews.com EDN photo by David Swartz

Fifteen was the number for Monday’s ball game between Estherville Lincoln Central and LeMars.

The two teams combined for 15 runs, 15 hits and 15 errors and the Midgets had the dubious distinction of winning every category in the 8-7 win.

ELC had nine hits to six by LeMars while the Midgets also led in errors 8-7.

The Midgets jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning and they would need all five.

ELC added two in the second with Chance Moore hitting a leadoff single followed by a double from Keith Fandel. The second run scored when Alex Arends reached on a Bulldog error.

In the top of the fourth inning, ELC just couldn’t get an out. A leadoff triple was followed by a single and the inning went from bad to worse. LeMars and four hits and ELC had four errors as LeMars cut the deficit to 7-6.

ELC added an insurance run in the fifth when Alex Arends hit a leadoff single and scored on a two-out single by Justin Doyle.

The Bulldogs had the tying run at second base after a leadoff double and later a two-out double in the seventh inning, but a groundout ended the game.

Fandel earned the win on the mound with 10 strikeouts and five walks on the night.

ELC (13-7, 6-4) is home with Western Christian on Wednesday.

ELC takes second

at West Fork Tourney

SHEFFIELD – The Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team finished second at the West Fork Baseball Tournament on Saturday.

The Midgets opened the tournament with a 6-5 win over Janesville. All of ELC’s runs scored on home runs.

In game two, timely hitting by West Fork, including a grand slam in the fourth inning, helped the hosts win their tournament 10-5.

In game one, Joe Clayton improved to 3-0 on the season in the win over Janesville. The freshman gave up five runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Keith Fandel hit a solo home run in the first and third inning with Jeremy Hunt hitting one in the fourth for a 3-0 ELC lead.

In the top of the fifth inning, Janesvile hit both two-run and three-run home runs to take a 5-3 lead.

ELC answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run by Marcus Christensen.

The score was still tied when Christensen led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run for the 6-5 win.

Fandel was 2-3 with two home runs, Christensen was 2-4 with two home runs, Hunt was 2-2 with a home run. Joel Kazmerzak and Chance Moore each went 1-3.

Against West Fork , ELC’s only lead was 1-0 after a run in the top of the first inning.

Falling behind 5-1, the Midgets plated two runs in the top of the fourth, but West Fork answered with five runs including a grand slam by Cole Muhlenbruch.

Alex Arends pitched four inning in the loss, giving up nine runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Joel Kazmerzak closed out the game, recording three strikeouts in two innings of work.

At the plate, Arends was 2-3 with a solo home run. Christensen was 2-4 with a double and a solo home run. Scott Schmidt was 1-3 with a double, Cody Prather was 1-3 with an RBI, Justin Doyle was 1-3 and Fandel was 1-4.