No. 11 Midgettes rout Mustangs
ARMSTRONG – It took a couple innings for Estherville Lincoln Central to jumpstart its offense, but the Midgettes began steadily scoring runs. ELC erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to get a double digit lead, 11-0, and then shut down county neighbor Armstrong-Ringsted in the bottom of the inning for the victory.
ELC?starter Brooke Egeland and the Midgettes defense limited the host Mustangs to just three hits on the night. Egeland struck out six batters and gave up a leadoff walk in the first inning.
A-R’s best chance to score came with two outs in the second inning when Emily Irmiter hit a one-out single and Jeanette Govern reached on an error. But ELC retired the next batter ona groundout.
ELC’s offense jumped into gear in the top of the third as Brooke Egeland drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and scored on a single by Sadie Winter. Winter went to second on a passed ball and scored on a one-out single by Morgan Schichtl.
In the fourth inning, Taylor Lago reached on an error went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
With two outs, Kellie Christensen drew a walk and stole second and third, almost getting caught in a rundown. Egeland delivered an RBI single as ELC led 4-0.
In the sixth, Kirchner drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third when Schichtl grounded out and scored when Ashley Weston grounded out. Lago delivered a double to the left-center field gap and scored two passed balls latter.
The wheels came off the Mustang defense in the sixth. Winter had a single, Weston hit a double and Erin Kirchner had a single in the five-run inning.
For ELC, Winter was 2-4 at the plate.
Jasmine Clausen, Irmiter and Govern each had one hit for A-R.
ELC (10-5) is home against LeMars on Monday.
A-R (4-10) hosts Ruthven-Ayrshire Monday.
In junior vasity play, ELC won 12-7 over A-R.
On Thursday, A-R gave up nine runs in the second inning to Pocahontas and lost 12-4.