Big inning not enough for ELC
HULL – One inning does not a game make.
The Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team answered a 6-0 start by host Western Christian on Thursday night with a five-run fifth inning, but failed to capitalize on the momentum shift as the Wolfpack downed the Midgets 11-5.
“We had a big inning there but (Western Christian) just outplayed us,” said ELC coach Lee Evans. “Things aren’t clicking right now for us and we need to find a way to get going.”
ELC got off to a rocky start as 11-of-12 Midget batters were retired by starting pitcher Marcus De Jager to begin the game and the Western Christian offense teed off on ELC starter Joel Kazmerzak.
However, ELC was able to make plays when they needed to to keep the Wolfpack in check as Western Christian left nine runners on base through four innings.
Jake Lange led off the fifth inning and reached base after being hit by a pitch. Courtesy runner Evan Hansen then scored as Tyler Lutz reached base thanks to a Wolfpack error.
A double by Gable Bonner off the right filed fence in the very next at bat represented the Midgets first hit of the game of De Jager, however, the lefty was pulled from the game by the Western Christian head coach.
This move proved to be costly for the Wolpack as the Midgets capitalized by scoring four more runs in the inning, thanks to a two-RBI single by Alex Arends, a sacrifice fly by Marcus Christensen and an RBI single by Cody Prather to pull ELC within one run, 6-5.
Unfortunately for ELC, the bats again went cold and Western Christan cruised to their ninth Lakes Conference victory of the season.
ELC returns to action this weekend as they host a tournament in Estherville.
The JV lost, 5-4.