Midget bats starting to come around
Estherville Lincoln Central finished the week 1-2 with the highlight a 11-0, five-inning victory against Emmetsburg on Wednesday. Losses to Le?Mars on Thursday and Spirit Lake on Monday surrounded the bright spot as the Midgets wrap up the regular season this Monday and Tuesday.
ELC misses chances against Le Mars
LE MARS – A night after pounding out 11 hits against Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central could muster just two hits in a 6-5 loss to Le Mars on Thursday.
Despite the lack of hits, ELC had its opportunities.
“We had our chances and didn’t take advantage of it,” said ELC coach Lee Evans.
The Midgets’ Riley Strenge started the game off with a single and eventually scored to give ELC a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs finally answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning, Trey Jacobson drew a leadoff walk and was able to advance all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Carsten Bosch. Corey Reeves then grounded out to second base as Jacobson came home to tie the game at 2-2.
LeMars answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead at 3-2.
In the sixth inning, Billy Snyder recorded the second inning of the game. Austin Egeland then reached on an error. Tim Greving laid down a sacrifice bunt. When the throw went wide, two ELC runs crossed the plate as ELC took a 4-3 lead. With no outs, Jacobson also laid down the bunt. Le Mars elected to throw home to try to get Greving, but the throw was off the mark as ELC took a 5-3 lead. That was all ELC would get.
The Midgets couldn’t hold on to their two run advantage. The Bulldogs drew a leadoff walk in the sixth followed by a single, a sacrifice and an RBI single. With two outs, two more singles put the Bulldogs back on top, 6-5.
Le Mars brought in ace Tyler Borchers to close out the game. He retired ELC in order with a strikeout and two groundouts.
Tim Greving started on the mound for the Midgets. In four innings, he gave up two earned runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Strenge pitched one inning and gave up one earned run with one strikeout and three walks. Snyder pitched one inning and gave up three runs on three hits with two walks.
ELC (14-7 overall, 7-6 in the Lakes Conference) wraps up league play on Monday at Cherokee. The Midgets wrap up the regular season against West Bend-Mallard in West Bend on Tuesday.
Class 2A Tournament play begins at home at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 15 with ELC awaiting the winner of next Saturday’s game between Sheldon and Okoboji.