Fantastic finish for ELC
While Spirit Lake has had the advantage over Estherville Lincoln Central the past few seasons, the Midgets upped the ante in the long-time rally last season when they ousted the ranked Indians from the playoffs.
Spirit Lake likely had that game in mind when then 10-runned ELC, 13-3, earlier this season.
On Wednesday, ELC defeated Spirit Lake in regular season play for the first time since the 2013 season.
Tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Josie Condon led off with a double and went to third when the ball got past the catcher. Spirit Lake pitcher Kelsey Kannenberg then struck out Gabby Heckard, the junior’s seventh strikeout of the night, another passed ball allowed with Karmen Hazen at the plate allowed Condon to come home for the winning run.
“We played how we needed to win that game,” said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
ELC had taken an early 2-0 lead. The first run came the bottom of the second as Hazen led off with a single to left, moved to second on the sacrifice bunt by Olivia Truog and to third when Rylee Miller grounded out to second base. A passed ball allowed Hazen to score. ELC scored again in the third after Condon hit a triple and scored on a hit by Hazen.
Spirit Lake took the lead with three runs in the fifth inning on two walks, two doubles and an ELC error. The Indians took a 4-2 advantage with a run in the sixth.
However in the bottom of the sixth, ELC went to work with two outs as Hallie Jensen drew a walk and Lindsey Jensen and Lena McCoy hit consecutive RBI doubles.
Morgan White earned the win on the mound, despite struggling at times as she finished with eight walks compared to two strikeouts. The Indians finished with seven hits on the night.
At the plate for ELC, McCoy and Hazen each went 2-3 while Condon was 2-4, Lindsey Jensen was 1-2 and Miller was 1-3.