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Garrigan sweeps ELC in doubheader season opener

May 21, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Nobody likes starting a season with two losses even if you're playing a good team.

But don't expect the Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team to hang its head for long after losing 8-0 and 4-2 to Bishop Garrigan on Monday.

"We had way too many mistakes tonight, but all things are correctable," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "One of the things we need is a little better discipline at the plate."

Bishop Garrigan's Austin Vaske limited ELC to just one hit in the first game and struck out 15 Midget batters.

Gable Bonner had ELC's only hit.

The Midgets also committed three errors in the game.

Billy Snyder took the loss on the mound while Tyler Swanson pitched three innings of relief.

"Our pitchers threw well and Tyler threw well for his first time on varsity," said Evans. "Also, their kid was pretty good."

In the second game, ELC let a few offensive chances slip away.

Trailing 3-0, ELC scored a run in the fourth inning and then loaded the bases with one out. The Midgets were unable to plate another run though.

After giving up a run in the top of the fifth, ELC came right back as Swanson hit a one-out single. After a walk to Adam Reiter, Matt Burrell doubled to score Swanson, but a strikeout and a groundout to the pitcher ended the threat.

ELC gave up just two earned runs, but the two unearned ones hurt as Joe Clayton took the loss.

"Joe gives up two earned runs - we need to make those outs," said Evans.

Clayton struck out eight batters and gave up six hits, a hit batter and one walk.

ELC managed three hits in the second contest as Reiter and Burrell each went 1-2 and Bonner was 1-3.

For Bishop Garrigan Andrew Miller struck out nine and walked five in the win.

ELC (0-2) will have a chance to get back on track as the Midgets travel to Bancroft to take on North Union today. The freshman game starts at 4 p.m. followed by junior varsity and varsity.



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