A wild night
BANCROFT – When you have a no-hitter going through five and two-thirds innings, your are supposed to come away with a tally in the win column.
That was not the case for the Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team as a wild night on the mound cost the Midgets dearly in an 8-7 loss to North Sentral Kossuth
Despite carrying a no-no well into the fifth inning before ELC’s Tyler Lutz surrendered NSK’s only hit of the contest – a two-run double- ELC pitchers struggled to find the strike zone allowing 16 free passes on the night.
Joel Kazmerzak got the nod to open the game from the bump and did well at the onset, holding NSK scoreless through three innings.
Arends tripled in his first time up and both Kazmerzak and Jake Lange walked to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Lutz to left field scored Arends and a single by Dan Jones gave the Midgets a 2-0 lead after two innings.
The Midgets got two more runs in the third as Justin Doyle reached after being hit by a pitch, Cody Prather singled and Arends singled in both Doyle and Prather to give the Midgets a 4-0 lead.
However, a nightmare fourth inning saw Kazmerzak surrender free pass after free pass, walking in two runs to cut the ELC lead to two.
Kazmerzak walked two more batters in the fifth inning before ELC coach Lee Evans brought in Arends in relief.
Arends didn’t last long, however, as the senior faced just five batters. Two walks and two wild pitches scored three runs for NSK as the Eagles took a 5-4 lead before Arends was pulled in favor of Marcus Christensen.
Christensen walked a batter and threw a wild pitch that scored a run before getting the final out of the inning.
After walking two batters and getting two outs in the bottom of inning number six, Christensen was relieved by Tyler Lutz who proceded to give up a two-run double to the first batter he faced, making the score 8-6. Lutz struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Arends and Jeremy Hunt each reached on errors before a one out single by Kazmerzak scored Arends to bring the Midgets within one.
However, Lange and Lutz each struck out to end the game with runners on first and second.
ELC was led at the plate by Arends who was 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored.
Cody Prather was 2-4 with two runs scored, Tyler Lutz was 1-2 with an RBI and Dan Jones was 1-3 with an RBI.
Kazmerzak pitched 4 1/3 innings for ELC, striking out four and allowing four earned runs. He allowed no hits while walking six and hitting five batters.
Christensen picked up the loss for ELC. He allowed zero hits, walked two batters and allowed two earned runs.
The Midgets (1-2) return to action as they travel to Peterson to face Sioux Central on Thursday.
In JV action, ELC won 4-2.