Midgets off to 2-0 start
FOREST CITY – Billy Snyder’s first outing of the 2014 season proved a good one as Estherville Lincoln Central defeated Forest City 9-4 on Friday.
The senior gave up just three hits on the night while striking out seven and walking three.
Offensively, ELC didn’t come up with a lot of hits, but took advantage of some opportunities given to them by the Indian defense in the form of wild pitches, past balls and errors.
ELC’s Riley Strenge scored the first run as he reached base and went to second on an error, went to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball. In the second inning, Carsten Bosch reached on an error and Corey Reeves was hit by a pitch. A bunt single by Zach Humble loaded the bases and Jake Bortvit drew a walk to score the second run. Forest City got one run back in the bottom of the second, helped by a passed ball by ELC.
In the third inning, Alec Wycoff was hit by a pitch went to second and third on a pair of wild pitches and scored on a passed ball. Forest City again got that run back in the bottom of the third.
But in the fifth, ELC took advantage of a hit batter, a walk with Austin Egeland delivering a two-RBI double. Egeland scored when Forest City overthrew second base trying to throw out Blake Gjerde, whom was courtesy running for Corey Reeves.
Dan Christensen was the sixth ELC batter hit by a pitch to start the sixth inning. A bunt single by Riley Strenge was followed by a two-RBI double by Wycoff. After a wild pitch allowed Wycoff to advance to third, he scored on a sacrifice fly by Egeland.
ELC finished with five hits with one each by Strenge, Wycoff, Egeland, Humble and Christensen.
In junior varsity play, ELC won 8-3. Even Olesen struck out 11 and walked two in teh win. He also went 3-3 with a double at the plate. Trey Jacobson was 2-2 with a triple.
Greving earns ‘W’ against Rebels
PETERSON – Estherville Lincoln Central opened its season with a 7-1 victory over Sioux Central.
The Midgets opened with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, helped by a Rebel error and an RBI double from Austin Egeland.
ELC opened the game up with four runs in the sixth inning, which included a single by Riley Strenge, walks to Alec Wycoff and Billy Snyder while Egeland was hit by a pitch. The Rebels also had another error in the inning.
ELC finished with four hits on the night with Egeland going 2-3 while Carsten Bosch was 1-3 with two RBIs and Strenge was 1-3. Tim Greving and Bryce Mann each had an RBI and Strenge had two stolen bases.
Greving got the start on the mound and gave up one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Egeland closed out the game. While he struck out two batters, he also gave up a walk. However, catcher Corey Reeves threw out that runner trying to steal second base.
In junior varsity play, first-year assistant coach Travis Olson and his squad earned a 7-4 victory.
Hunter King pitched all five innings and gave up four runs-three of them unearned.
King was 1-1 at the plate with three RBIs. Lucas Gardner was 4-4 while Jacob Bosch was 2-3. Evan Olesen went 1-2, Trey Jacobson was 1-4 and Dan Christensen was 1-4 with a double. Dalton Christoffer also had a double and Chase Bonner had two RBIs.