OKOBOJI – A solo shot by Estherville Lincoln Central senior Brooke Egeland to lead off the sixth inning broke open a tight contest against Okoboji on Friday as the Midgettes defeated the Pioneers 4-0 to advance to the semifinal round of the Class 2A Regional Softball Tournament.
With a 1-0 lead, thanks to a Kendall Bosch RBI single in the fourth inning, Egeland stepped to the plate in the top of the sixth and hit a no-doubter to deep centerfield, sparking a three-run inning.
“It got out of here fast,”?said ELC?coach Megan Anderson of Egeland’s blast. “I think she was half way down the line when it cleared the fence.
“Brooke is such a hard worker and really good girl. She really came up big when we needed her.”
While Egeland’s blast may steal headlines, it was the Midgette defense that arguably was the difference in the game as web gems by outfielders Sadie Winter and Ashley Weston robbed the Pioneers of extra base hits and a diving catch by Egeland on an Okoboji bunt attempt led to a momentum killing double play at first base.
“I can’t remember the last game where we had no errors,”?said Anderson. “It seems like we always get a couple, but the defense tonight was outstanding.
“We work a lot on diving catches throughout the season and Ashley made a great one. Sadie’s over-the-shoulder catch in left was awesome as well.”
Okoboji really only threatened once in the entire game as Kiley Wermersen connected on a two-out double in the fifth inning and eventually reached third before Maggie Rohlk drew a walk from pitcher Kendall Bosch.
With runners on the corners and two away, Bosch dug down and struck out the final batter of the inning to end the threat.
Bosch was sensational on the night. The sophomore allowed just one hit while striking out nine Okoboji batters.
“Kendall is just a tough pitcher,” said Anderson. “She’s come back strong after missing some time and we need her to continue to play well for us.”
ELC totaled just five hits on the night, but each was crucial.
Egeland finished 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Emily Kirchner was 1-3 with a run scored, Morgan Schichtl was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored, Bosch was 1-3 with an RBI, Kellie Christensen was 1-3 and Allie Sievert recorded an RBI?for the Midgettes.
ELC will face Spirit Lake in the semifinal game on Monday in Milford.