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New approach new results

By Staff | Jun 30, 2010

ELC pitcher Joel Kazmerzak was solid for the Midgets in Tuesday nights’ 8-3 victory over Cherokee. EDN photo by Matt Heinrichs

ESTHERVILLE – The Estherville Lincoln Central baseball team that took the field in Tuesday night’s contest with Cherokee was far different from the sullen one that had been showing up the past few weeks.

The Midgets used their new upbeat attitude to beat up on the Braves 8-3 at Hess Limberd Field.

“We talked about taking the field with a little excitement,”?said ELC coach Lee Evans. “That makes all the difference in the world. Just go out there and have fun. This is a fun game and that’s as good of a performance as we’ve had all season.”

The two teams ended the first inning in a 1-1 tie as Alex Arends grounded out with the bases loaded and two away, ending the ELC?threat in the bottom of the inning.

However, the Midgets stormed back as Joel Kazmerzak settled in on the mound, blanking the Braves for the next five innings before being pulled in the seventh after having some control problems.

Joe Clayton was 2-4 on the night was two runs scored and an RBI. EDN?photo by Matt Heinrichs

“Joel pitched a heck of a game,”?said Evans. “We gave him some run support and played good defense behind him and when we do that we’re going to win some games.”

ELC took it’s first lead of the game thanks to a three-run third inning highlighted by RBI singles by Joe Clayton and Tyler Lutz and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Gable Bonner.

The Midgets extended their lead again in the fourth inning as Jeremy Hunt, facing a full count, connected on a two-RBI single with two out to give ELC a 6-1 lead.

After both teams failed to score in the fifth, Hunt scored on a Cherokee error and Bonner connected on an RBI single to stretch the Midgets’ lead to 8-1 after six.

Looking to finish what he had started, Kazmerzak took the mound to begin the seventh inning. However, the senior walked four of the first five batters, giving the?Braves a run and was pulled in favor of Arends who sat the next two batters down in order to finish the game.

“This was an exciting win for our program,”?said Evans. “It goes to show when you take the field with a little enthusiasm and talk, good things happen. Hopefully we can hold onto this momentum.”

Offensively for ELC, Hunt was 2-3 with two RBI and Bonner was 2-4 with two RBI. Clayton and Lutz were each 2-4 with an RBI.

Arends was 2-4 with two runs scored and Marcus Christensen was 1-3 with two runs scored.