Kings of the county
ESTHERVILLE – In the battle for intra-county bragging rights, the Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team emerged victorious over Armstrong-Ringsted 8-1 on Tuesday night.
The Midgets took advantage of seven Mustang errors on the night and erupted for a four-run fifth inning to put A-R away for good.
The game began as a pitcher’s duel as ELC’s Joe Clayton and A-R’s Brett Thackery combined for 13 strikeouts while giving up just two hits and zero earned runs through four innings.
However, after two full trips through the lineup Thackery was tagged for a single by Marcus Christensen to lead off the fifth inning.
Christensen then stole second base and crossed homeplate on an RBI single by cleanup hitter Cody Prather.
Clayton then reached on an error by Mustang shortstop Spencer?Clausen and following a strikeout by Tyler Lutz, scored an yet another RBI single, this time by designated hitter Joel Kazmerzak.
Dan Jones drew a walk from Thackery and Adam McCarthy drove in Kazmerzak and Jones on an infield single and a throwing error by A-R third baseman Tyler Fedderson to give the?Midgets an 8-0 lead after five.
The Mustangs finally got on the board in the top of inning number six as Tyler Tonderum drew a walk from Clayton and after stealing second base, scored on an RBI double by Clausen ending Clayton’s hopes for a shutout.
The sophomore pitcher buckled down, however, and struck out the following two batters to end the threat.
Following a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Alex Arends came in for Clayton in relief and closed the game down by striking out Evan Hagebock and Travis Hantelman before getting Tonderum to pop out to Gable Bonner.
Earning the win for ELC was Clayton who struck out nine batters while giving up just two hits and one earned run in six innings.
Prather led the Midgets, going 2-4 at the plate with two RBI.
McCarthy was 1-3 with two RBI, Kazmerzak was 1-2 with an RBI, a steal and a run scored and Christensen was 1-3 with a steal and a run scored.
Thackery picked up the loss for the Mustangs and struck out eight batters in five innings.
Clausen had the Mustangs only two hits on the night.