Spencer Tigers bash Midgets
SPENCER – Two-run homers by Spencer’s Josh Bubke and Ryan Naber highlighted a 9-0 win for the Spencer Tigers over Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday night.
ELC (9-11, 5-6) had its chances to get the game close, but despite having runners on base in all but the seventh inning, failed to plate a single baserunner, leaving nine aboard in the contest.
“(Starting pitcher) Joe Clayton actually pitched a really good game for us and kept us in it,” said ELC coach Lee Evans. “We just didn’t give him any run support and kind of blew it late. We need to be more aggressive at the plate “
Both teams started off slow as neither scored a run in the first two innings. However, with two out and one on, Bubke blasted a ball over the 330-foot mark to give Spencer a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.
ELC threatened in the top of the fourth as Jeremy Hunt and Tyler Lutz each reached base to lead things off. Unfortunately for the Midgets, Spencer pitcher Zach Carlson sat down the next three ELC batters in order to end the threat.
Spencer scored once again in the fifth inning as two runs crossed after loading the bases to take a 4-0 lead.
Things got uglier in the sixth inning as the Tigers scored three runs on errors by Alex Arends and Hunt before Naber crushed a two-run homer of his own to put the Tigers on top 9-0.
Clayton took the loss on the mound for ELC. He pitched 5 1/3 innings on the night. The sophomore struck out seven batters and walked just three.
Hunt was 3-3 at the dish while Cody Prather and Lutz were each 1-2.
ELC returns to action tonight as they host Central Lyon-George Little?Rock.