Midgettes flat against No. 3 Eagles
SPENCER – On a breezy night in Spencer, scoring runs was anything but a breeze for the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgettes as they fell to Class 1A No. 3 rated North Sentral Kossuth 3-2 after defeating Sioux City West 7-1 earlier in the day.
“We just came out flat,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “I felt like we got beat in every aspect of the game. (NSK) hit the ball well, they bunted runners over, they played good defense and they pitched very well. We just weren’t focused.”
Neither team started the game well as the score remained 0-0 through three innings.
The Eagles put up the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth and stretched their lead to two after scoring another run in the fifth.
Needing to score runs and with only two innings left to play, the Midgettes knew they needed to get something going offensively.
After Sadie Winter drew a walk to lead off the inning, two Eagle errors on hits by Emily Kirchner and Kendall Bosch loaded the bases for catcher Morgan Schichtl.
The junior battled at the plate, eventually getting the count full at 3-2.
Schichtl then hit a towering sacrifice fly into right field that scored Winter just ahead of the tag. Kirchner then rounded third and thanks to an errant throw by NSK’s catcher, scored to tie the game at 2-2.
ELC blanked the?Eagles in the bottom of the sixth and NSK returned the favor in the top of the seventh.
Unfortunately for the Midgettes, NSK rose to the occasion in the final stanza.
Sara Johnson and Rebekah Rolling led the inning off with two singles before a perfectly executed sacrifice squeeze by Abby Ingalls let the Midgettes stunned and heartbroken.
Bosch and Taylor Lago recorded ELC’s only hits on the night as each went 1-3.
Schichtl accounted for two RBI.
Bosch took the loss on the mound for ELC, pitching seven innings and allowing nine hits while striking out four batters.
In the game against Sioux City?West, Brooke Egeland earned the victory for ELC.
Kellie Christensen was 3-3 with an RBI, two steals and two runs scored.
Bosch was 2-4 with an RBI, Allie Sievert was 2-3 with an RBI and Winter, Kirchner, Schichtl and Maddie Ziegler each recorded a hit.