Touch ‘em all
HARTLEY – With two swings of the bat, Estherville Lincoln Central matched its regular season home run total in one game as the Midgettes bashed Hartley-Melvin-Sanborne in the first round of the Class 2A Regional Softball Tournament on Thursday, 10-1.
Homers by battery mates Kendall Bosch and Morgan Schichtl bookended a powerful offensive display.
“I wouldn’t have thought we would have had two homers in one game,”?said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “Kendall’s in the first inning really got us going and Morgan’s was to the deepest part of the field, so that was impressive.”
ELC got on top early as Brooke Egeland led the game off with a triple and later scored on a Sadie Winter bunt single.
With two outs, Bosch launched a foul ball that easily cleared the fence in left field, landing in the standing corn before taking the very next pitch to deep left for a two-run shot to put the Midgettes up 3-0.
Anderson was surprised that Bosch got another pitch to hit.
“It was very surprising that they pitched to her after that foul ball,” she said. “I?expected that they would pitch around her but she got one to hit and made them pay.”
Bosch was equally impressive in the circle for ELC in the early innings, sitting down 11 of the first 12 batters she faced.
In the third inning, ELC stretched its lead to five as Winter drew a one-out walk and scored on an Emily Kirchner single.
Schichtl then connected on a double and courtesy runner Jessica Phillips scored on a Bosch single.
The Midgettes again stretched their lead in the top of the fourth as Kellie Christensen slapped a one-out double right through the heart of the defense and then scored on an Egeland single.
Egeland scored on a fielder’s choice and after a basehit by Winter, Schichtl connected on a single to put ELC up 8-0.
The Midgets scored again in the fifth as Ashley Weston came around to score on an RBI single by Christensen before Schichtl’s long ball in the sixth put the Midgets up 10-0.
H-M-S finally scored a run as a bloop single off of Egeland brought a run in However, it was too little too late as ELC moves on to face Okoboji in the next round this evening in Milford. Okoboji defeated South O’Brien 13-0 in their first-round game Thursday.
Bosch earned the win for ELC, going four innings and allowing just two hits while striking out four batters.
Egeland pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on one hit and walked one.
Schichtl was a triple shy of the cycle as she was 3-4 with a single, a double and a homer. She also had three RBI on the night.
Bosch was 2-4 with three RBI.
Egeland was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, Christensen was 2-4 with a run scored and one RBI and Winter was 1-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for ELC.