Fast pace gets to ELC in Cedar Rapids
Errors also costly in four losses
By David Swartz
CEDAR RAPIDS – Playing mostly bigger schools, Estherville Lincoln Central finished 0-4 at a tournament in Cedar Rapids this past Friday and Saturday.
“It was an eye-opener for our players,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson. “We were not used to that pace.”
ELC started the tournament against Cedar Rapids Kennedy, ranked eighth in Class 5A and lost 19-5 in four innings.
One bright spot was Karmen Hazen’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot that also scored Josie Condon. ELC had just four other hits. Rylee Miller was 2-2 and scored a run, Lindsey Jensen had a double and Lena McCoy had a hit.
“They had good pitching and we had to get used to the speed,” said Anderson.
The coach said the second game ELC played is one the Midgets should have won as they lost 5-3 to Central Lee. ELC had six errors in the game.
Morgan White started on the mound and she gave up just four hits.
At the plate, Lindsey Jensen was 1-3 while White, Condon, Gabby Heckard, Truog, Miller and Hallie Jensen each were 1-3.
“We did put the ball in play,” said coach Anderson.
On Saturday, ELC played AGWSR and lost 3-1. The game was called after the fifth inning due to a time limit.
“They had one of the best pitchers we’ve seen,” said Anderson.
White was on the other side of the pitcher’s duel and again gave up just four hits.
ELC had just two hits with Lindsey Jensen going 2-3.
ELC ended the weekend with a 10-0 loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie.
Coach Anderson said the game was closer than that as ELC was down just 4-0 heading into the fifth inning. But walks and ELC errors along with some timely hitting allowed Prairie to plate five runs in the inning. Prairie added a run in the sixth to end the game.
Truog took the loss as she struck out two batters while walking 11 and giving up five hits. Sydney Swanson closed out the game and gave up one hit and one run.
At the plate, Lindsey Jensen was 1-3 with a double, Hazen was 1-3 and Condon was 1-2.
“Overall, the pitching there was better than we’ve seen and the teams ran the bases more aggressively,” said Anderson. “Hopefully we can come back and play better this week.”
ELC is at Cherokee today and the Midgets host Forest City on Tuesday and Western Christian on Wednesday.
ELC torches Rebels
A two-run home run by Gabby Heckard in the fifth inning capped a big night for the Estherville Lincoln Central offense in an 11-1 non-conference victory against Sioux Central on Thursday.
“I was just glad we bounced back and got a win,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson after the Midgets had dropped four straight earlier in the week. “We hit well and we pitched well tonight.”
Olivia Truog picked up the pitching victory as she struck out seven batters while giving up four hits and two walks.
ELC’s bats opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning with eight runs capped by a two-run home run by Lindsey Jensen. She had started the inning with a single, which was followed by another single from Lena McCoy. After a sacrifice bunt by Morgan White, Josie Condon, Heckard, Karmen Hazen and Truog all hit consecutive singles. Heckard’s hit brought in two runs while McCoy’s and Truog’s hits each scored one.
Hallie Jensen singled prior to Lindsey Jensen’s two-run home run.
ELC added one more run in the fourth. In the fifth inning, White led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice by Condon prior to Heckard belting the ball over the fence.
Condon finished 3-3 on the night while White and Heckard each were 2-4 and Hallie Jensen and Lindsey Jensen each were 2-3. Hazen and Truog each were 1-3.
E’Hawks defeat ELC
EMMETSBURG – Errors allowed host Emmetsburg to take a 7-0 lead against Estherville Lincoln Central on Wednesday. While the bats picked up the pace for the Midgets, the deficit was too much as they lost 9-7.
Olivia Truog started on the mound and lasted two innings as she gave up four hits and two walks. Morgan White closed out the game and gave up three hits and four walks.
At the plate, Lindsey Jensen was 2-3 with two runs while Lena McCoy was 2-4, Hallie Jensen was 1-2 with two runs, Josie Condon was 1-4 and White was 1-5.