Bears defeat ELC in opener
ALGONA -Estherville Lincoln Central pitchers gave up 10 walks in a 7-0 loss to Bishop Garrigan in the season opener for both teams on Monday.
Senior Marcus Christensen got the start on opening night and did well in the first inning, but hit one batter and walked three in the second as the Golden Bears plated the first run.
Six walks and an error in the third inning allowed the hosts to score five runs.
Brennan Nyren replaced Christensen on the mound before ELC finally got out of the inning.
While ELC settled down defensively, giving up just one run the rest of the way, the Midgets offense never quite got on track.
ELC loaded the bases in the first inning as Tyler Lutz hit a leadoff single, Matt Burrell reached on a fielder’s choice with an error allowing Lutz to be safe t second. Christensen then drew a walk. But Bishop Garrigan recorded three straight outs to escape the inning.
ELC managed just two baserunners the rest of the night, a double by Billy Snyder in the fourth inning and a double by Joe Clayton in the sixth.
Bishop Garrigan starter Austin Vaske struck out the side to end the game in the seventh.
ELC (0-1) will look to regroup tonight as North Sentral Kossuth/Armstrong-Ringsted comes to town tonight.
Game note: Monday’s contest was scheduled a doubleheader featuring two five-inning games, but after it rained, the teams settled on one seven-inning contest.
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WP: Vaske. LP: Christensen.