Cold bats lead ELC to loss
ESTHERVILLE – Monday night’s Lake Conference matchup between Estherville Lincoln?Central and LeMars was a one-sided affair from the first at bat of the game as the Bulldogs went on to defeat the Midgets 9-1.
“All the credit goes to (LeMars),” said ELC coach Lee Evans. “They were the better team and they showed it. We didn’t play with a sense of urgency and when you take the field like that, you just aren’t going to win ball games.”
ELC starting pitcher Joe?Clayton surrendered a leadoff triple and subsequently gave up three runs on three singles to begin play, putting the Midgets in a hole early.
However, after Jake Lange and Alex Arends struck out to open the bottom half of the first inning, the Midgets got a spark as Marcus Christensen singled up the middle, stole second and eventually scored on a Cody Prather single.
Unfortunately for ELC, those two hits would be all the Midgets could muster until Arends connected on a double in the sixth inning, giving his team a total of three for the ballgame.
LeMars (8-7, 4-3) scored nine runs on nine hits and had two errors on the night while ELC (8-8, 4-3) scored one run on three hits, had four errors and struck out 10 times.
Clayton took the loss for ELC. He gave up eight runs on eight hits, walked three and struck out two batters in 6 1/3 innings.
Arends came in in relief and pitche 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on one hit, walked one and struck out one batter.
The Midgets have a day off before returning to action Wednesday as they host Cherokee.
“I’m sure (Cherokee) is looking to get one back on us after we took one down there,” said Evans. “We’ve got to be ready for them.”