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No. 6 Warriors strike again

By Staff | Jun 27, 2014

ELC senior Rachel Bates crosses home plate to give the MIdgets an early 2-1 lead against North Union on Tuesday as Warrior catcher Autumn Boland signals her teammates and ELC’s Alyssa Friesner applauds. Photo by David Swartz

SWEA?CITY – For the second time this season, North Union got the best of Estherville Lincoln Central

The sixth-ranked Warriors had defeated the Midgets earlier in the season at the ELC?Classic. On Tuesday, a grand slam by North Union senior Dena Looft proved to be a big key to the Warriors 6-4 win.

North Union jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Autumn Boland drew a walk and singles by Looft and Sarah Rolling brought Boland around to score.

ELC answered in the top of the second as Liz Brashear led off with a single and Rachel Bates reached on an error. A double by Sarah Schacherer scored both runs, but ELC’s next three batters went down in order.

In the bottom of the second, the bottom of North Union’s order went to work. Brianna Anderson and Taylor Mathine both singled. An error by ELC on a hit by Kyarsten Mullen loaded the bases. ELC got the second out as Boland went down swinging. But Looft got a good pitch and sent it flying over the left field fence to give the hosts a 5-2 lead.

North Union senior Dena Looft hit her third home run of the season Tuesday, a grand slam against Estherville Lincoln Central. Warrior coach Art Ingalls gives Looft a high five as she rounds third base. Photo by David Swartz

ELC got one run back in the top of the third as Megan Jensen reached on an error, went to second on the sacrifice bunt by Carson Gjerde and to third on a wild pitch. Brashear brought her home with a single.

The Warriors added an insurance run in the fifth, but ELC could manage just one more run in the seventh.

Peyton Oleson earned the win for the Warriors. She finished with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Brashear took the loss as she struck out two batters and walked three.

At the plate for North Union, Looft finished 2-4 with four RBIs. Rolling was 1-2 with an RBI and Erica Anderson had the Warriors’ other RBI.

For ELC, Morgan White and Schacherer each went 2-3 while Brashear was 2-4. Rachel Bates was 1-2 while Gjerde was 1-3 and Clayton and Jensen each were 1-4.