ELC scores five unanswered to best Forest City
FOREST CITY – After Forest City took a 5-4 lead, the Estherville Lincoln Central softball team responded with five unanswered runs to win 9-5 over the Indians on Thursday.
While the Midgettes only out-hit their hosts 9-8, the main difference was on the mound.
ELC batters drew 10 walks on the night. ELC ace Kendall Bosch gave up no walks and struck out 16.
Also most of Forest City’s runs were unearned as the Midgettes had three errors on the night.
“We didn’t field the bunt well,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “We’ll work on that tomorrow.”
Forest City’s lead didn’t last long.
In the top of the fifth, Bosch drew a one-out walk. Courtesy runner kristen King was moved around the bases, helped by a hit from Morgan Schichtl and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at five.
ELC loaded the bases before Forest City got out of the inning without further damage.
The Indians appeared to be in good condition after two outs to start the sixth inning.
But Emily Kirchner and Bosch each drew walks followed by an RBI single from Schichtl up the right-field line.
Brooke Egeland followed with a two-run single, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball to complete a four-run inning.
Forest City managed just one baserunner the rest of the night.
Schichtl was 3-3 with a walk to lead ELC at the plate. Erin Kirchner was 2-2 with two walks and a double and Sadie Winter was 2-5.
ELC (2-0) travels to LeMars next Wednesday.
In JV action, ELC defeated Forest City 4-0.
Melissa Gjerde pitched five innings, allowing just one hit while striking out eight batters.
Macy Dahl was 1-1 with two RBIs on the night.