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Errors costly in loss to Dutch

June 1, 2011
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

ORANGE CITY - Estherville Lincoln Central had another quality start on the mound by a first-time varsity pitcher. However, the Midgets needed either a little more run support or perfect defense against host MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday.

Freshman Billy Snyder threw all six innings and finished with four strikeouts two walks while giving up one earned run on five hits. But five-unearned runs allowed the Dutchmen to win 6-3.

It was the first varsity start for Snyder who followed up sophomore Tucker Milburn's first start last Thursday against Sioux Central.

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Coach Lee Evans, left, and the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets begin Lakes Conference play at home tonight against LeMars. The junior varsity game starts at 5:15 p.m. followed by the varsity.
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"Both threw well," said ELC coach lee Evans. "But we're not going to put up 15 runs so we need to play cleaner on defense.

ELC fell behind after MOC-Floyd Valley scored three runs in the third inning. ELC cut into the deficit with a run in the top of the fourth. Joe Clayton then tied the game with a two-run blast in the sixth inning.

"It went over the left field fence straight into the wind," said Evans.

The coach said ELC loaded the bases after Clayton's home run in the sixth, but a groundout ended the threat.

ELC had seven hits on the night led by Clayton who was 2-3 with a double, the home run and three RBIs. Tyler Lutz, Matt Burrell, Marcus Christensen, Gable Bonner and Milburn each had a hit.

ELC (1-3) opens Lakes Conference play tonight at home against LeMars.

"We can't dwell on our record," said Evans. "We have a 0-0 record in the conference and we need to get after those games."

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WP: Mulder. LP: Snyder.



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