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Midgets rally to beat Orabs

June 15, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

SHELDON - The Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team got back in the win column with an 8-7 come-from-behind victory over Sheldon on Friday.

The Orabs scored all seven runs in the first three innings off ELC starter Tyler Swanson.

But coach Lee Evans said the junior settled down after that.

"He didn't give up any more runs in the fourth, fifth or sixth innings and gave us a chance to battle back," he said.

The Midget defense also helped out with an errorless game.

ELC still trailed 7-6 heading into the top of the seventh inning.

Joe Clayton led off with a single and Derek Nieland was hit by a pitch. Matt Burrell singled to load the bases and the tying run scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Reiter.

Evan Hansen was hit by a pitch to reload the bases and Swanson drew a walk for the go-ahead run.

Clayton stepped on the mound to close out the game in the bottom of the inning. He forced two groundouts and had a strikeout to earn the save.

Swanson gave up seven earned runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in his varsity debut.

At the plate, Clayton was 3-4 with a double and two runs. Burrrell was 2-3 with an RBI and a run. Reiter was 2-3 with an RBI. Hansen was 1-1 with a double and two RBIs. He also had a walk, was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice fly. Swanson was 1-3, Gable Bonner was 1-4 and Tucker Milburn was 1-5.

ELC (5-9 overall) is at the North Union Tournament today. The Midgets take on the host Warriors at 11 a.m. Spirit Lake and Clay Central-Everly are in the second matchup at 1 p.m. The consolation game follows with the championship game starting around 5 p.m.

ELC hosts Cherokee in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.



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