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Midgets, Wolfpack battle through wet conditions

ELC hangs on for 3-2 win

June 20, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team survived a rain delay and a late Western Christian rally for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday.

With the win, the Midgets are one game away from a .500 record at 9-10. ELC is even in the Lakes Conference at 4-4.

Starting ELC pitcher Billy Snyder helped his cause by scoring the first run of the night. He led off the bottom of the first by reaching on an error, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tucker Milburn and scored on a single by Gable Bonner.

ELC scored its second run in the third inning. Bonner hit a one-out single, went to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. After a walk to Derek Nieland, Bonner scored on a single by Matt Burrell.

Western Christian was helped by an ELC error in the top of the sixth to score its first run.

ELC added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning. Nieland drew a walk, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Burrell. Nieland then stole third base and scored as the Wolfpack's attempt to pick him off went into left field.

Snyder and the ELC defense struggled to close the door in the top of the seventh. ELC committed two errors and Snyder's fourth walk of the game brought in the visitors' second run.

But with the bases loaded on two outs, Snyder got the Wolfpack's cleanup batter to pop up to second baseman Alec Wycoff.

"Billy threw an exceptional game," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "Sometimes after a rain delay, players can lose focus, but Billy did a good job of staying focused."

Snyder gave up three hits while striking out four batters and walking four.

ELC had just four hits in the game. Bonner was 2-3 with an RBI and Burrell was 2-2 with an RBI and a stolen base.

"It was nice to play from ahead tonight and put a little pressure on the other team," said Evans, whose team has now won five of its last six games.

ELC is on the road against Harris-Lake Park this evening.



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