Midgettes win fourth straight
CHEROKEE – While Estherville Lincoln Central and Cherokee combined for 21 hits, the two teams scored just four runs.
The Midgettes were a little more efficient in the 3-1 victory.
ELC scored first in the third inning as Kellie Christensen led off with a single.
ELC coach Megan Anderson said the Braves struggled to cover the bunt and ELC loaded the baes with bunt singles by Sadie Winter and Ashley Weston.
An RBI single by Emily Kirchner scored the first run and two batters later, Taylor Lago singled to bring in a second.
ELC avoided a potential dangerous fourth inning as the Braves loaded the bases with no outs.
Anderson brought in Kendall Bosch in relief of Brooke Egeland. Bosch struck out the side and ELC added an insurance run in the fifth inning.
The Braves managed to plate one run in the seventh.
Egeland earned the win as she gave up five hits with noe walks and no strikeouts.
Bosch closed out the game and had eight strikeouts while giving up four hits and no walks.
At the plate, Kirchner had the hot bat as she went 4-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Weston was 2-3 with a run and Christensen was 2-2 with a run.
ELC (4-0) hosts Graettinger-Terril today in the first game of the ELC Softball Classic at 9:30 a.m.
In junior varsity play, ELC fell to 2-2 with a 6-3 loss to the Braves.
At the plate, Melissa Gjerde was 1-2 and Courtney Valliquette was 1-2 with a double and a run. Tessa Bernholtz was 1-1 with a double and a run.
Gjerde pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up five hits while striking out 5 and walking six. Ashton Reisner pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up no hits with one strikeout and one walk.