ESTHERVILLE – While Northwest Iowa has had multiple storm warnings as of late, someone forgot to warn the Tornadoes of Storm Lake of what they were in for on Monday night as the Midgettes used a four-run fourth inning to defeat the?Tornadoes 11-5.
The offensive outburst was a pleasant surprise for ELC coach Megan Anderson after her team lost three of four games over the weekend. ELC fell to Marcus Meridan Cleghorn 5-4, Akron Westfield 8-1 and North Sentral Kossuth 3-2 and defeated Sioux City West 7-1 in a tournament at Spencer.
“This was the complete opposite of what we saw from this team this weekend,”?said Anderson. “It was awesome to see the girls hit the ball hard to the opposite field tonight. I’m just very proud of them right now.”
Despite bluebird skies, everything wasn’t pretty for the Midgettes to start the game as ELC nearly ran themselves right out of the game.
Several ELC baserunners had mental lapses that cost the teams runs, something that could have been very crucial considering the two teams exchanged leads for the first four innings.
After giving up two runs in the first inning, ELC had a chance to tie the game or take the lead, but two Midgette baserunners were tagged out trying to advance, ending the inning.
“Sometimes when you win games you kind of overlook the little things,”?said Anderson, “but we definitely need to clean up our baserunning.
“With it being such a tight game to start, I told the girls that it was going to be a dog fight. Whoever wanted it more was going to win and they went out there and got it done.”
After holding the Tornadoes scoreless in the top half of the second inning, ELC rallied in the bottom with two out.
Allie Sievert and Kellie Christensen each recorded a single and Brooke Egeland reached base on a walk before two-RBI single by Sadie Winter and a two-RBI double by Kirchner gave ELC a 5-2 lead after two.
However, Storm Lake answered in the third, scoring three runs to tie the game at five.
ELC then took a one-run lead as a double by Sievert scored Ashley Weston and after holding Storm Lake scoreless in the top of the fourth, ELC put the game away for good.
Doubles by Kirchner, Bosch and Weston highlighted an impressive offensive performance for the Midgettes that gave ELC a 11-5 lead before Egeland and the?Midgette defense shut Storm?Lake down the rest of the way.
Egeland was exceptional down the stretch, allowing zero runs on just three hits in the final three innings after allowing five runs on seven hits in the first four. Egeland will be leaned on heavily while the Midgette’s ace Kendall Bosch rests her shoulder.
“I?thought Brooke finished really well,”?said Anderson. “We’re going to need her to keep pitching well until Kendall comes back”
Kirchner led the Midgettes at the plate. She went 4-4 with two doubles and three RBI on the night.
Bosch was 2-4 with two RBI, Winter was 2-3 with two RBI, Weston was 2-4 with two RBI, Sievert was 2-4 with an RBI, Morgan Schichtl was 2-4 with an RBI and Christensen was 1-3 on the night.
ELC returns to action Wednesday as the Midgettes travel to Spencer.
In JV action, ELC defeated Storm Lake 10-6.
Macy Dahl was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI, two steals and two runs scored.
Melissa Gjerde was 2-2 with two doubles and a run scored.
Jessica Phillips was 2-3 with two runs scored and a steal.
Allie Sievert, Christina Tendal, Kenzie Burns and Tessa Bernholtz were all 1-3 while Kristin King was 1-2 on the night.