NU pounds out hits against ELC
Class 2A No. 4 North Union lived up to its reputation as a solid hitting team, pounding out 15 hits in its 12-2 win over Estherville Lincoln Central on Tuesday.
The Warriors started early with Kyarsten Mullen sending a one-out pitch directly over the center field fence in the first inning off starter Olivia Truog.
Bre Anderson and Maddie Rolling also had singles in the inning with Rollings’ hit bringing home Kate Anderson, who had reached via a walk as North Union took a 2-0 lead.
Truog got out of the inning by striking out two of the final three batters she faced in the inning.
However, the hitting barrage began again in the second inning with one out. The Warriors pounded out six straight hits including a three-run home run by Kate Anderson that also brought in Anna Ingalls and Mullen. Bre Anderson, Rolling and Rory McClellan all singled with Anderson coming in on McClellan’s hit to left. Rolling came home when ELC catcher Lindsey Jensen tried to pick her off at third base and the throw got past Morgan White and into left field. ELC then tagged McClellan trying for third base.
However Mya Gjerde entered in relief and, after giving up a walk, got Hope Steinberger to hit a come-backer to get the third out.
Trailing 7-0, ELC’s defense got through the third inning, just giving up two two-out hits.
In the fourth, Rolling drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out single by Shawn Person that got past ELC left fielder Karmen Hazen. After Gjerde gave up a walk to Steinberger, Peyton Busch hit a grounder back to the ELC pitcher who threw out pinch runner Victoria Laubenthal at third base. However an errant throw to first allowed Steinberger to go to third. She scored on a passed ball and Ingalls followed up with an RBI double to right-center field. Mullen followed with an RBI double of her own as she was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, before ELC finally to out of the inning.
Meanwhile ELC’s offense had struggled throughout the night with Warriors’ starting pitcher Ingalls giving up just a leadoff walk to Morgan White in the first inning.
She gave up her second walk to Josie Condon to start the fourth and then Gabby Heckard blasted ELC’s first home run of the season over the center field fence to cut the lead to 11-2.
However, ELC got just two more hits in the game-a two-out bloop single to right by Rylee Miller and a two-out double by White in the fifth.
The Warriors scored their 12th run in the top of the fifth with a leadoff double by Bre Anderson followed by a single from Rolling and a sacrifice fly to center by McClellan.
Ingalls earned the win as she struck out six while giving up three hits and two walks.
Truog gave up nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in the loss. Gjerde gave up seven hits and two walks with no strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
At the plate for ELC, White, Heckard and Miller each went 1-2.
For North Union, Ingalls as 2-4, Anderson was 2-3, Anderson was 3-4, Rolling was 3-3, McClellan was 1-3 and Person was 1-2.
ELC (2-4 overall) was home against Storm Lake on Wednesday. The Midgets host LeMars this evening and Spencer on Friday.
North Union (5-0 overall) hosted Belmond-Klemme in Swea City on Wednesday. The Warriors are on the road against West Hancock on Thursday and at Algona to play Bishop Garrigan on Friday.