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Midgets win slugfest

By Staff | Jun 17, 2010

ELC’s Joel Kazmerzak heads back to first as the Emmetsburg pitcher fakes a throw to keep the Midget runner from stealing. EDN photo by Cathy McCarthy

For baseball fans that enjoy seeing runs cross the plate, Wednesday’s slugfest between Emmetsburg and Estherville Lincoln Central was a good one.

Fans looking for a pitcher’s duel, well it wasn’t as pretty.

The two teams combined for 32 runs, 21 hits and nine errors with the host Midgets coming out on top 18-14.

ELC started well with six runs in the first inning.

ELC starting pitcher Cody Prather began struggling in teh third. He earned a no-decision afte 2 1/3 innings giving up seven runs (four earned) on four hits with six walks and three strikeouts.

“We tried to let Cody work though it, but he had a high pitch count by the third inning,” said ELC coach Lee Evans.

Tyler Lutz stepped up for the next 2 2/3 innings. He gave up. He ended up pitching 2 2/3 innings giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

“Tyler did all right keeping it to one walk.”

ELC’s bats lit up the scoreboard again in the third inning with six runs.

Alex Arends had the hot bat as he went 3-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Cody Prather went 2-4 including a two-run triple in the sixth inning. Joel Kazmerzak was 2-3 while Dan Jones was 2-4 with an RBI. Marcus Christensen was 1-3 with two RBI and Lutz was 1-3.

Lutz earned the victory with Christensen pitching the final two innings. He gave up two runs on one hit with five strikeouts.

ELC (7-5) is on the road at Sheldon Friday.