BANCROFT - Four teams took part in the North Union Tournament on Saturday.
When the dust settled, Spirit Lake left with two wins and the tournament title.
North Union and Estherville Lincoln Central both went 1-1 while Clay Central-Everly was 0-2.
Estherville Lincoln Central’s Joe Clayton slides safely home during play against North Union Saturday in Bancroft.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC and North Union took the field first with the Midgets attempting to rally from a 6-0 deficit. The Warriors held on for a 7-6 victory.
Game two saw Spirit Lake defeat the Mavericks 14-4 in five innings. That put ELC in the consolation game against CCE. The Midgets took advantage of 13 walks and won 13-2 in five innings.
In the title game, Spirit Lake rallied from a 4-2 deficit and scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then shut down the Warriors for a 5-4 victory.
ELC vs. North Union
North Union started quickly against ELC as Evan Hagebock hit a one-out single and Sawyer Doocy followed with a home run to put the hosts up 2-0 in the first inning.
In the bottom of the third, Doocy started a rally getting hit by a pitch. Brett Thackery and Garrett Johnson both singled as one run came home. Cody Runksmeier stepped up and delivered a two-RBI double.
Alex Deitering was hit by a pitch and Brandon Kollasch singled to reload the bases for North Union. One run scored when Jake Adams reached on a fielder's choice. Brett Deitering grounded out to second-base to end the inning, but North Union led 6-0.
ELC began its rally in the top of the fourth.
After Gable Bonner singled, Joe Clayton reached on a fielder's choice. Derek Nieland drew a walk. With two outs, Adam Reiter singled and a North Union error allowed one run to score. Evan Hansen brought home two runs with a single as the deficit was cut to 6-3.
In the fifth inning, Tyler Swanson and Billy Snyder hit consecutive singles. With one out, Bonner hit a ball to right field and a dropped ball allowed ELC to load the bases. Clayton followed with an RBI single and Nieland drew another walk to drive in a second run.
But North Union sent in Cody Runksmeier to relieve starter Brett Thackery. Runksmeier got a strikeout and a pop-up to end the inning.
With a 6-5 lead, the Warriors added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Alex Deitering hit a one-out double and scored on a single by Adams.
ELC attempted to rally in the seventh. Clayton hit a one-out single and Nieland drew a walk.
Doocy was sent in to close out the game. He struck out Matt Burrell and then gave up an RBI single to Reiter. But Doocy closed out the game by striking out Hansen.
ELC vs. Clay
Against a struggling Clay Central-Everly team, ELC only needed four hits while the Midgets drew 13 walks.
ELC scored five runs in the first and four in the second followed by two each in the fourth and fifth innings.
Burrell pitched all five innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
At the plate, Snyder was 1-2 with a double, an RBI and two walks.
Reiter and Corey Reeves each went 2-3. Reiter had two RBIs and Reeves had one. Tucker Milburn was 1-2 with a double and an RBI. Burrell drew two walks, scored three times and had two RBIs without a hit. Clayton drew four walks and scored twice.
North Union vs.
North Union built a 4-2 lead over Spirit Lake before the Indians rallied with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Brandon Stoll then closed the door. In relief of Tate Hanson, he struck out the side on nine pitches to preserve the Indians' victory. Hanson pitched six innings gave up four earned runs on nine hits with three walks and one strike out.
Cody Runksmeier pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Doocy took the loss as he pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
At the plate for North Union, Brett Deitering was 3-4 with a double and an RBI. Doocy was 2-3 with two doubles. Thackery was 2-4. Garrett Johnson was 1-2 with two RBIs. Adams was 1-2.
For Spirit Lake, Nic Amudson was 3-4 with a triple. Hanson was 3-4 with a double and two RBIs. Stoll was 2-4 with a double. Paul Brown was 1-4 with two RBIs. Andrew Ites was 1-4 with an RBI. Ben Spaeth and Casey Jones each went 1-3.
Spirit Lake vs. Clay Central-Everly
After a slow start, Spirit Lake scored 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning on the way to defeating the Mavericks.
The Indians had 14 hits in the contest. Paul Brown was 4-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. Zach Herrig was 3-4 with three RBIs. Ben Speath was 2-3 with two RBIs. Casey Jones was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs. Brandon Stoll was 2-3. Nic Amudson and Andrew Ites each went 1-3.
Nick Wetzler earned the victory on the mound. He pitched four innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Tony Eckert pitched one inning and gave up one unearned run on two hits with one walk.