PETERSON – The Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team played a perfect defensive game behind Tyler Lutz and evened its record at 2-2 with a 5-3 win over Sioux Central on Thursday.
Lutz went the distance in his first-ever varsity game giving up three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks.
ELC coach Lee Evans said Lutz never gave up back-to-back walks though.
“He had about one per inning,” Evans. said. “He did a very good job of battling and threw well enough for us to win. The bats came through when we needed them and Tyler got stronger as the game went on.”
Offensively, ELC pounded out nine hits.
Joel Kazmerzak led the way, going 2-2 with two doubles, a walk and a sacrifice bunt along with a stolen base. Each double, one in the fourth and one in the sixth inning, scored a run.
Jake Lange went 2-3 and scored twice while Dan Jones was 1-2 and Alex Arends was 1-4 with a double and scored twice.
ELC (2-2) travels to Algona today.
In junior varsity play, ELC won 9-3 with Tucker Milburn on the mound.
At the plate, Matt Burrell was 2-4 with two doubles and Adam Reiter was 2-3 with two RBIs.