Hits scarce in season finale loss
Estherville Lincoln Central struggled at the plate in its final game of the season.
Storm Lake didn’t have the same problem as the Tornadoes found the holes in a 7-0 win on Wednesday.
ELC had just five base runners in the game.
Storm Lake pitcher Katie Blum struck out seven of the first eight batters with Kendall Bosch reaching on a hit-by-pitch with two outs in the second inning. However, courtesy runner Kellie Christensen was thrown out stealing second.
No. 9 batter Ashley Weston hit a two-out single in the third inning, but Taylar Jacobson popped up for the third out.
Emily Kirchner went 2-3 with a one-out single in the fourth inning. ELC’s best chance to score came in the sixth inning when Sadie Winter drew a two-out walk and went to third on Kirchner’s second single. ELC’s Maggie Asman stepped up and hit a hard shot to right, but it was caught.
ELC had other hard hit balls in the last half of the game, but they were right at the Storm Lake defenders.
Meanwhile Storm Lake went down in order the first three innings and gave the left side of the ELC infield a lot of work with four grounders going to shortstop Emily Kirchner and one to third baseman Brooke Egeland.
But leadoff batter Slone Masters led off the fourth inning with a single and Storm Lake went on to load the bases with two outs. But the Tornadoes came up with three straight hits to score five runs.
The Tornadoes added two insurance runs in the sixth.
ELC (20-10) begins the Class 3A playoffs 7 p.m. Saturday at Spencer.
The Estherville Lincoln Central junior varsity softball team notched its 20th win with a 4-3 win over Storm Lake on Wednesday.
Melissa Gjerde earned the win on the mound. She gave up seven hits while striking out six batters and walking none.
At the plate, Taylor Lago and Jessica Phillips each went 2-3 with an RBI. Maggie Haugen was 1-2 and scored a run.