Class 2A No. 8 Estherville Lincoln Central had its chances against rival Emmetsburg on the softball diamond Monday.
But twice when the Midgets had runners in scoring position in the sixth and eighth innings, the E'Hawks elected to intentionally walk ELC's best hitter, Emily Kirchner. The strategy paid off as Emmetsburg eventually won 2-1 in 11 innings.
ELC scored its only run of the evening when Kirchner hit a two-out triple in the first inning followed by another triple from clean-up batter Kendall Bosch.
ELC’s Kendall Bosch slides into third base for a triple against Emmetsburg on Monday.
EDN photo by Chloe Rosdail
The E'Hawks strung a few hits together to tie the game.
In the sixth inning, Kellie Christensen led off with a bunt single, which was followed by a bunt single from Kristen King. The runners advanced on a passed ball, but Macy Dahl struck out. The E'Hawks then intentionally walked Kirchner to load the bases. Bosch and Christina Tendal both flew out to end the threat.
In the eighth inning, Christensen again led off the inning with a single. With one out, Dahl came up with a sacrifice bunt that allowed Christensen to go to third. This time, Emmetsburg' ace Faith Schmidt walked both Kirchner and Bosch. Tendal struck out to end the threat.
The teams continued to go straight through the lineup until Kirchner committed ELC's first error of the night that allowed Schmidt to go to second with one out. Miranda Vlasman's single to right scored the run.
ELC tried to answer in the bottom of the inning. This time Kirchner was the first at the plate. She hit a ball to right field that was dropped. That took her to second base. Bosch then attempted to bunt and missed the ball. Kirchner was caught in a rundown. Bosch singled, but Emmetsburg secured the win with a force out and Schmidt's 10th strikeout of the night.
Bosch took the loss as she gave up eight hits while striking out nine batters.
ELC left eight runners stranded.
ELC (13-4 overall, 5-1 in the Lakes Conference) hosts LeMars on Wednesday.
The Estherville Lincoln Central Junior Varsity Softball Team suffered its first loss of the season Monday, an 11-10 setback to Emmetsburg. Liz Brashear pitched all five innings giving up 11 runs (two earned) on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. At the plate, Megan Jensen and Rachel Bates each went 2-4 with two runs and an RBI. Caitlyn Clayton was 2-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Lauren Lago was 1-2 with two runs.