No. 2 E’Hawks too much
The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team knew it needed its best game against Class 2A No. 2 Emmetsburg on Wednesday.
But the Midgettes’ offense and defense both struggled at times as the E’Hawks and their starting pitcher Maddi Woodruff shut out their hosts 8-0.
In a battle for first place in the Lakes Conference, the two teams are now tied atop the standings with idential 6-1 records.
ELC mustered two hits off the Emmetsburg ace Wednesday.
Brooke Egeland hit a two-out single in the third inning. Emily Kirchner led off the fourth inning with a single up the right-field line.
ELC’s defense started well. After giving up a leadoff single to Woodruff to start the game, ELC third baseman Brooke Egeland recorded a double play when she caught an attempted sacrifice bunt and threw out the runner at first base.
The E’Hawks got on the board in the second inning. ELC starting pitcher Kendall Bosch gave up a leadoff walk. With two outs and the runner at second base, Emmetsburg came up with a two-out single.
The E’Hawks added to their lead with two hits in the fourth inning to score another run.
ELC’s defense had a letdown in the fifth inning with two consecutive errors followed by two two-out singles that put the E’Hawks up 4-0.
Emmetsburg came up with four runs on four hits in the final inning, most of them bunts that ELC mis-played, to seal the win.
ELC’s Morgan Schichtl drew a leadoff walk to start the seventh, but courtesy runner Jessica Phillips got no further than second base as Emmetsburg retired the final three batters.
Bosch took the loss, giving up 10 hits while striking out five batters and giving up one walk.
ELC falls to 6-1 in Lakes Conference play and 9-3 overall. The Midgettes are in Armstrong against the Mustangs on Friday.