After four days off, Estherville Lincoln Central got back on the field Wednesday and the Midgets found themselves in a pitchers’ duel with Cherokee.
A sacrifice fly by Dan Christensen in the bottom of the seventh inning, scored Carsten Bosch for the difference in a 2-1 ELC victory.
The Braves struck first with a pair of doubles to score their only run of the night.
Tim Greving got the start for ELC and went four innings, giving up the one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Coach Lee Evans inserted Evan Olesen in the fifth inning. Olesen retired the Braves lineup for two straight innings before giving up a leadoff single to start the seventh inning. Three grounders to shortstop Trey Jacobson ended the game.
Olesen struck out two and walked none in earning the victory.
ELC tied the game in the fourth inning at 1-1. Austin Egeland led off with a single. Cole Budach entered to run for Egeland. A Braves’ throw to first base went awry allowing Budach to go to third base. Greving then came up with an RBI singe.
Egeland, Greving and Jacobson each were 1-3 in the game.
In junior varsity play, ELC won 9-7 over Cherokee. Hunter King was the winning pitcher. He threw five innings and struck out eight batters and walked two. At the plate, King was 2-2 with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Lee Christensen was 2-2 and scored twice. Chase Bonner was 1-3 with a double and a stolen base.