A perfect start
ESTHERVILLE – Coming into Monday night’s season-opening contest with Bishop Garrigan, Estherville Lincoln Central Head Softball Coach Megan Anderson had several questions about her young team.
One of those questions was answered in a big way, as super soph Kendall Bosch tossed a perfect game against the Bears, striking out all 15 batters she faced in a 12-0 blow out.
“There’s always a question whether or not the extra three feet would effect the pitcher,” said Anderson. “Obviously it didn’t effect Kendall. She was lights out tonight. It was fun to watch.”
The Midgette offense wasn’t about to let Bosch do all of the work, however, as ELC swung the bats well.
Senior third basemen Brooke Egeland led the Midgette attack, going 2-2 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs.
Emily Kirchner was 2-4 with a triple, a run scored and an RBI, Sadie Winter was 1-4 with a triple and two RBIs, Taylor Lago was 1-2 with a double and an RBI, Morgan Shichtl was 1-3 with an RBI and Bosch helped her cause at the plate, going 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
“I told the girls coming into the game that I had a lot of questions about this team,” said Anderson. “One of my biggest questions was about the defense, and obviously I still have those questions since we didn’t have to field a single ball.
“I also questioned our hitting, because we were very sporadic last season. We put up nine hits tonight so that was good to see. The girls swung the bats well and were aggressive on the base paths. They were really good with two outs, getting in there and having tough at bats. It was just a great game and I hope it was a sign of things to come.”
The Estherville Lincoln Central junior varsity won its season opener 14-0 over Bishop Garrigan on Monday.
Melissa Gjerde pitched four innings, striking out six batters while giving up one hit and one walk.
At the plate, Madisen Zeigler was 1-1 with a triple and two runs. Jessica Phillips was 1-2 and scored twice.
ELC travels to Forest City on Thursday.