A morning practice may have helped Estherville Lincoln Central refocus on Friday after the Midgets’ poor showing against LeMars on Thursday.
After committing seven errors against LeMars the previous night, ELC was back on the field at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The extra work appeared to work for Coach Megan Anderson Friday evening as Spencer came to town.
Except for a couple miscues in the second inning, ELC pounded Spencer in a 14-3, five-inning victory Friday evening.
Leading 8-3, ELC capped the game with six runs in the fifth, which included a bases-clearing double by Karmen Hazen and a two-run home run by Rylee Miller.
ELC had got off to a quick start with four runs in the first inning, which included singles by Morgan White, Josie Condon, Olivia Truog and Lindsey Jensen and three errors by the Tiger defense. White and Condon both scored when the Tigers committed errors on attempted pickoff plays. Jensen brought in both Hazen and Miller on her single.
After giving up three runs to Spencer on the top of the second, ELC answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and three more in the fourth inning.
ELC (4-5 overall, 2-1 in the Lakes Conference) is back in action today at Spirit Lake and then travels to Sioux City on Tuesday to play Sioux City East and Sioux City North. The Midgets are at Emmetsburg on Wednesday.
errors for ELC
Estherville Lincoln Central’s defense simply struggled Thursday evening in a 9-2 loss to LeMars. A couple dropped balls and some poor throws along with some walks allowed the Bulldogs to score most of their runs. ELC finished the night with seven errors.
Meanwhile, LeMars had just one more hit than ELC, 6-5.
ELC starter Olivia Truog took the loss. She pitched all seven innings, striking out seven batters and walking six with one hit batter.
Offensively, ELC had some problems as well. Twice with a runner on first, ELC popped up the attempted sacrifice bunt and allowed LeMars to get a double play.
ELC matched LeMars, run for run in the first inning.
Morgan White drew a leadoff walk and went to third on a bunt single by Lena McCoy. With runners at the corners, McCoy attempted to steal second and was thrown out, but White came home on the play to tie the score at 1-1.
LeMars took the lead for good with a run in the second inning on two ELC errors and added another run in the third, helped by ELC’s third error.
ELC cut the deficit to 3-2 when Karmen Hazen was hit by a pitch, went to second when Rylee Miller grounded out to the pitcher and to third on a passed ball. Hazen scored when Truog grounded out to second base.
After holding LeMars scoreless in the fifth inning, the Bulldogs scored four runs with two outs with the first two coming home on another ELC error. LeMars added two more runs in the seventh with more Midget errors.
ELC could get just one back as Miller reached when the Bulldogs’ committed their first error of the night. After a walk to Truog, Miller’s pinch runner Makayla Howard came around on a couple passed balls to score ELC’s final run. However three pop-ups ended the game.
McCoy, Hazen, Truog, Lindsey Jensen and Gabby Heckard each had a hit for ELC.
ELC wins 2017
Estherville Lincoln Central overcame some errors on the way to a 7-4 Lakes Conference victory over Storm Lake on Wednesday.
After giving up three unearned runs in the top of the second inning, ELC bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the inning. The Midgets added two insurance runs in the fourth inning, but gave up just one more run the rest of the game.
Lena McCoy stepped up at the plate, going 3-3 with an RBI. Ryle Miller was 1-3 with a solo home run. Gabby Heckard was 1-2 and Karmen Hazen and Olivia Truog each went 1-4 with an RBI. Morgan White also had an RBI.
White earned the win on the mound. In seven innings, she struck out 11 and walked 10 while giving up just three hits. All four Storm Lake runs were unearned.