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Midgets scratch out runs to beat E’Hawks

By Staff | Jun 13, 2014

ELC’s Zach Humble slides safely home as the ball gets away from the Emmetsburg catcher during Friday’s game at Hess-Limberg Field. Photo by David Swartz

Unlike Monday’s game against Spencer, Estherville Lincoln Central found a way to scratch out some runs against Emmetsburg on Friday.

In fact, three of the Midgets’ runs came in the third inning without a hit in the 4-1 victory for the hosts.

The inning began with Zach Humble drawing a walk and Dan Christensen reached on a throwing error by the E’Hawk third baseman as Humble went to third. After Christensen stole second base, Riley Strenge laid down a suicide bunt. Humble slid safely into home as the ball bounced away from the catcher.

Strenge then stole second base as Emmetsburg tried to pick off Christensen at third The throw from the catcher went between the third baseman’s legs allowing Christensen to score as Strenge went to third. Alec Wycoff then hit a short grounder to the shortstop, which brought in Strenge.

Austin Egeland went the distance in the win. He struck out six batters while walking two, hitting two and giving up three hits.

“Austin settled in nicely,” said ELC coach Lee Evans. “You know what you’re going to get with him.”

Egeland, Corey Reeves, Humble and Christensen each had a hit. Reeves also had an RBI.

ELC improves to 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Lakes Conference. The Midgets host LeMars on Monday, Central Lyon on Tuesday, Cherokee on WEdnesday and then travel to Western Christian next Friday.