Midgettes make a SPLASH
ESTHERVILLE – Mercifully, rain poured down on the Iowa Lakes Community College Softball Complex on Monday evening, ending a 10-1 drubbing of Okoboji at the hands of the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgettes with one out to go in the final inning.
ELC got off to a slow start, but put on a hitting clinic in the middle innings scoring a combined five runs in the second and third before doubling their total in the sixth.
“I was happy with how our offense performed tonight,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “It’s a good confidence boost for the girls at the end of the regular season. Hopefully we can keep this going.”
Starting pitcher Brooke Egeland was solid once again as the senior held Okoboji hitless through 2 2/3 innings, and scoreless until the fifth.
“Brooke pitched really well,”?said Anderson. “I thought our defense did a really good job as well. Although we had some mistakes in the fifth inning, we regained our composure and finished strong.”
The Midgettes got on the board first following a Morgan Schichtl single to lead off the second inning.
Kendall Bosch layed down a sacrifice bunt to move courtesy runner Jessica Phillips into scoring position, however, the Pioneer defense mishandled the bunt and Phillips came around to score while Bosch found herself standing on third base.
Bosch eventually scored on an Ashley Weston double to right centerfield to give ELC a 2-0 lead after two.
After blanking Okoboji in the top half of the third inning, ELC extended its lead to five.
Egeland drilled the first pitch of the inning deep to left center and crossed home plate after Sadie Winter reached base on an error. Winter then scored on an Emily Kirchner double to left.
Shaken from the offensive onslaught, the Pioneers’ catcher attempted to pick Kirchner off at second, but to the Pioneers’ dismay, no one was covering the base and Kirchner came around to score as the ball bounded into centerfield.
The tables turned in the fifth inning, however, as Okoboji took advantage of several ELC miscues. Fortunately, the Midgettes got out of the inning relatively unharmed, as only one Pioneer crossed home.
After collecting just one hit and no runs in the bottom of the fifth, ELC went on a tear with a five-run bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a Bosch homer that cleared the left field fence with ease.
Okoboji threatened with runners on the corners with two out in the bottom of the seventh, however, steady rains turned into a downpour, making it impossible to finish the contest and the Midgettes, led by seniors Brooke Egeland and Erin Kirchner, took the nine-run victory on Senior Night.
The Midgettes will need the same kind of offensive production tonight as they travel to face conference leader Emmetsburg for a share of the Lakes Conference title.
“We’re going to need to play our best,” said Anderson.