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Another one bites the dust

By Staff | Jun 22, 2010

ELC shortstop Emily Kirchner turns a double play in the Midgettes’ 3-1 victory over Lakes Conference foe LeMars on Monday. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

ESTHERVILLE – The Class 2A No. 11 rated Estherville?Lincoln?Central Midgettes got off to a great start in Lakes Conference softball action against LeMars on Monday night to earn a 3-1 victory, improving their conference record to 7-1.

Kendall Bosch was brilliant in her first run through the lineup as she struck out the first eight Bulldog batters before giving up a single to the nine hitter with two out in the top of the third. Bosch went on to strike out 13 batters in the game.

“Kendall was just on tonight,”?said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “We used the change up a little bit more tonight and she was able to change speeds and keep the hitters off balance.

“We’ve tried to use it more in the past but it just wasn’t coming across for strikes, but tonight she was hitting her spots and did a great job.”

Bosch also got things started on offense as she drove in what would prove to be the winning run with a two-RBI single in the first inning that scored both Sadie Winter and Emily Kirchner to give ELC a 2-0 lead.

ELC’s Allie Sievert (15) beats the throw to second for a double. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

Things got a little dicey in the fourth inning as LeMars, having had one trip through the lineup, started to make contact at the plate.

However, the Midgette defense held strong and didn’t have a single error in the contest.

“The defense really stepped up tonight,”?said Anderson. “They knew it was an important game and I was happy to see them rise to the occasion.”

In the bottom of the fourth, catcher Morgan Schichtl turned on the very first pitch and launched a double that eventually turned into a run as courtesy runner?Jessica Phillips crossed the plate following a Lago single.

Schichtl was 3-3 on the night while Winter, Bosch, Lago and Allie Sievert were each 1-3.

Bosch allowed four hits and walked just one batter on the night.

The Midgettes return to action Wednesday as they host Cherokee.