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Orabs pitching too much for ELC

By Staff | Jun 27, 2009

SHELDON – The Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team won’t soon forget Taylor Zeutenhorst.

According to iowaquikstats.com, Zeutenhorst had only pitched 2 1/3 innings prior to Friday’s game with the Midgets.

He went five innings and struck out 15 Midget batters in the Orabs’ 3-0 win. Teammate Andrew Marshall closed out the final two innings faced a minimum of six batters. He struck out the side in the sixth and ended with four strikeouts.

“Give credit to Sheldon’s pitching-we weren’t able to catch up to their fast ball,” said ELC coach Chuck Fandel.

The only out not by strikeout through the first five innings was a fly-out to right field by Keith Fandel in the first inning.

ELC managed just three baserunners on the night.

Alex Arends reached base in the second inning as he took advantage of a dropped third strike. But Zeutenhorst struck out the side to total four strikeouts in the inning.

In the fourth inning, Fandel reached on an error by the first baseman.

Justin Doyle had the lone hit for ELC-a two-out double in the fifth inning.

ELC’s defense was slightly better than in previous games, but the few errors were costly.

Two two-out errors in the first inning allowed the Orabs to plate the first run.

Fandel, who only gave up two hits in the loss, hurt his cause with two leadoff walks in the second inning. Both baserunners eventually scored on a groundout and a single, respectively.

In the fourth inning, ELC’s defense came up with a double play as Fandel recorded his fourth strikeout and Doyle threw out Zeutenhorst trying to steal second.

ELC (13-9, 6-6) is home today for its tournament. The Midgets take on Ruthven-Ayrshire at 10 a.m. at Hess-Limberg Field.

ELC000 000 0 – 0 1 3

Sheldon120 000 x – 3 2 1

WP: Tyler Zeutenhorst. LP: Keith Fandel

Junior varsity

The Estherville Lincoln Central junior varsity baseball team was unable to hang on to a 7-5 lead as Sheldon scored three runs to win 8-7.

Brennan Nyren went 3 1/3 innings on the mound. Tyler Lutz pitched 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.

Nyren was 2-3 with a double and two RBI. Evan Hansen was 2-3 with an RBI.