Midgets shut out Dutchmen
ORANGE CITY – Lucas Gardner struck out 10 and helped his own cause with a solo home run as Estherville Lincoln Central shut out MOC-Floyd Valley 7-0 on Tuesday.
Gardner pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and four walks in the victory. Hunter Wheatley closed out the final 1 1/3 innings to earn the save for the Midgets. He had one strikout and gave up one walk.
ELC scored four in the second inning and one each in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning for the victory.
Jacobson finished 2-4 while Briar Rowley was 1-1 and drew three walks. Trevor Friesner was 2-3 and Gardner was 2-4 and Noah Heifner was 1-3.
ELC had eight stolen bases on the night with two each by Jacobson and Rowley while Friesner, Alec Heifner, Evan Olesen and Izaak Sander each had one.
ELC (5-1 overall) was home against Storm Lake on Wednesday. The Midgets host Spencer on Friday and then go on the road to the Humboldt Tournament on Saturday.
ELC splits games in Waterloo
WATERLOO – Class 2A No. 8 Estherville Lincoln Central had its first test of the season at a tournament in Waterloo on Monday.
After dispatching West Bend-Mallard 10-0 in six innings, the Midgets took on Class 1A No. 3 Newman Catholic and lost 3-1.
ELC out-hit Newman Catholic 8-4, but didn’t get the timely hitting needed.
The Knights scored a run in the first inning with ELC scoring its lone run in the top of the fourth. A double by Alec Heifner scored Lucas Gardner.
But Newman Catholic retook the lead with a run in the fourth and added an insurance run in the fifth.
Briar Rowley took the loss. In four innings, he gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts and six walks. Evan Olesen pitched three innings of relief and struck out one batter while giving up one hit and one walk.
At the plate, Rowley was 2-3, Trey Jacobson was 2-4 and Jacob Bosch, Evan Olesen, Gardner and Heifner each had one hit.
Against West Bend-Mallard, ELC mustered just six hits, but drew 11 walks.
Meanwhile, pitcher Brian Egeland gave up just two hits in six innings of work, striking out five and walking one for his first varsity start.
At the plate, Trevor Friesner was 1-2 with four RBIs, Rowley was 2-3 with six stolen bases,
Jacob Bosch was 1-4 with a double and two RBIs and Bennett Loock and Egeland each were 1-2 with an RBI.