Sailing atop the Lakes
The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team may have finished two wins short of a Lakes Conference Championship, but the Midgettes led the conference with post season awards as eight ELC ballers were named to All-Conference teams.
ELC’s eight All-Conference performers include First Team selections P Kendall Bosch, SS Emily Kirchner and CF Ashley Weston as well as Second Team selections 3B Brooke Egeland, LF Sadie Winter and C Morgan Schichtl. The Midgettes also had two Honorable Mentions in 3B Allie Sievert and RF Kellie Christansen.
Bosch, a sophomore, was a force on the mound for the Midgettes as she notched a 12-6 overall record and an ERA of 1.29. She also struck out 147 batters and held opponents to a .206 batting average.
Kirchner, a freshman, led the Midgettes in several offensive categories, including batting average (.343), slugging percentage (.590), hits (36) doubles (12), triples (4), steals (14) and runs (26).
Weston, a junior, was arguably ELC’s best defender throughout the season and made several highlight catches in centerfield that robbed opponents of extra bases. She led all ELC outfielders with 32 put outs and was the only Midgette defender to have zero errors on the year.
Senior Brooke Egeland came on strong at the end of the season, especially during the Midgettes’ postseason run where she hit batted .384, including a double, a triple and two homeruns, and totaled four RBI and five runs scored. She finished the year by leading ELC in on base percentage (.468), RBI (24) and walks (24). Egeland was also solid when forced to pitch after Bosch was injured midway through the year. She finished the season with an overall record of 8-4 and an ERA of 1.64.
Sadie Winter, a sophomore, batted out of the two spot for the majority of the season and finished with a .252 batting average while finishing second on the team in RBI with 21. She also had a .939 fielding percentage on the year.
Schichtl, a junior, was a monster throughout the season for ELC. She led the team in homeruns with three and was second on the team in batting average (.330), on base percentage (.376) and third in slugging percentage (.468) and runs (20).
Sievert finished the year with a .250 batting average and Christansen batted .315 while finishing second in steals with 12.
For Spirit Lake, junior outfielder Allie Gerking was a unanimous First Team selection as she finished the year with a .342 batting average and 23 runs scored.
Freshman Paige Krause also was selected to the First Team at first base after finishing the year with a .374 batting average, 12 doubles, four homeruns and 34 RBI.
Sophomore catcher Emily Mercer was named to the Second Team after batting .318 with 34 RBI and eight doubles and Caila Jones was named to the Second Team as well, as she finished with a .387 average, 25 runs scored and 10 steals.
Cara Vale and Brianna Brunsvold were each named Honorable Mention.