Estherville Lincoln Central 14, Armstrong-Ringsted 2, 3 innings: A short night for county teams
With both Estherville Lincoln Central and Armstrong-Ringsted softball teams each playing their fourth consecutive game this week, both teams gave their top pitchers-Kendall Bosch for ELC and Amy Leach for A-R-the night off for Thursday’s non-conference matchup.
That proved beneficial to the host Midgettes, coming off two straight losses, as ELC drew 10 walks in the first inning against A-R starter Adreana Laabs. That led to a 11-0 Midgette lead. ELC cruised to a 14-2, three-inning victory.
A-R didn’t help its cause with key errors in each inning.
The Mustangs had a chance to score in the top of the first inning as Brittney Mitchell led off with a single and Grabinoski reached on an error.
Although Grabinoski and Cheever advanced to second and third, Egeland’s second strikeout ended the threat.
ELC scattered three hits in the bottom of the first inning.
After four straight walks, an RBI single by Caitlyn Swisher scored Sadie Winter. Emily Kirchner also tried to score on the play, but was thrown out from left field by Leach as catcher Morgan Grabinoski made the tag.
ELC’s other hits included a two-RBI single by Kirchner and an RBI single by Maggie Haugen, both in their second time at the plate.
With one out, Rosie Cheever hit a chopper to Caitlyn Swisher, playing third base in place of Brooke Egeland. Swisher stepped on the bat for the force out.
A-R got on the board in the second inning as Taylor Grabinoski led off with a single. An ELC error on a hit by Harley Lindell to third base allowed Grabinoski to score from first.
However, the Midgettes turned a double play on a bunt by Emily Irmiter as Lindell was caught off third base.
In the second, ELC answered the run with one of its own after Ashley Weston reached base and scored when Sadie Winter reached on an error.
A-R mustered one more run as Mitchell led off third inning with a single, stole second, went to third on a groundout by Morgan Grabinoski and scored on a single by Leach.
ELC quickly ended the game by the 12-run rule with the bottom of its order. Egeland led off with a single and scored on Kelsey Shatto’s double to left center field. Shatto scored the game ending run as Weston reached base when the Mustangs throw to first was off the mark.
Egeland earned the win as she struck out three and walked none in her three innings.
Laabs walked struck out two batters and walked 13.
For ELC, Swisher was 1-1 with an RBI, Kirchner was 1-2 with two RBI, Haugen was 1-2 with an RBI and Shatto was 1-3 with two RBI.
For A-R, Mitchell was 2-2 while Leach was 1-2 and Taylor Grabinoski was 1-1.
A-R (10-5) is at West Bend-Mallard today.
ELC (13-6, 7-4) is at the Spencer Tournament. The Midgettes play Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at 2 p.m. and George-Little Rock at 5:30 p.m.
A-R011 – 2 4 4
ELC(11)12 – 14 4 2
WP: Brooke Egeland. LP: Adreana Laabs.
The Estherville Lincoln Central junior varsity softball team won 12-5 over Armstrong-Ringsted on Thursday.
Melissa Gjerde pitched four innings giving up four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. All five runs were unearned.
At the plate, Taylor Lago was 2-2 with two runs and two RBI, Kellie Christensen was 2-2 with two runs and one RBI, Maggie Haugne was 1-1 with a run and an RBI and Allie Sievert was 1-2 with a run and an RBI.