SPENCER - Class 3A No. 6 Estherville Lincoln Central came up with a pair of victories at the Spencer Tournament on Friday.
The first win was key, as the Midgets handed Class 1A No. 1 Akron-Westfield its first loss of the season, 5-1. ELC's defense struggled in the second game, but the offense was good enough for a 10-4 victory over Sioux Center.
The wins improve ELC to 20-4 on the season.
Estherville Lincoln Central head coach Megan Anderson sends Macy Dahl home during the Midgets’ game against Class 1A No. 1 Akron-Westfield at the Spencer Tournament on Friday.
Kendall Bosch earned the victory in the first game. She gave up one unearned run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk. ELC's defense had just one error in the game.
ELC scored two runs in the fourth inning using four consecutive singles by Macy Dahl, Emily Kirchner, Bosch and Christina Tendal.
ELC added three runs in the fifth inning. Kellie Christensen singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kristen King. A double by Dahl brought in the run. Akron-Westfield intentionally walked Kirchner. Bosch also drew a walk to load the bases and Tendal came up with a two-RBI single.
At the plate, Bosch was 2-2 with an RBI. Tendal was 2-3 with two RBIs. Dahl was 2-3 with an RBI. King was 1-2 while Christensen and Caitlyn Clayton each went 1-3.
ELC opened the second game with three runs in the first inning. Dahl and Kirchner both hit one out singles and both scored on a triple by Bosch. The third run scored when Tendal grounded out to the right side of the infield.
ELC added three more runs in the third inning. Bosch, Tendal and Lago all singled with a run scoring on Lago's hit. Tendal was thrown out at home plate as Sadie Winter reached on a fielder's choice. But a single by Clayton scored two runs.
In the fourth inning, King scored after she reached on an error, went to second on the sacrifice bunt, to third when Kirchner grounded out and came home on a single by Bosch.
In the sixth inning, ELC scored its final three runs. King singled and Dahl drew a walk. King was forced out at third as Kirchner reached on a fielder's choice. Bosch brought in one run with a hit and Tendal followed with a two-RBI single.
Bosch was 4-4 with a triple, four RBIs and three runs. Tendal, Lago and Kirchner each went 2-4. Tendal had two RBIs and Lago had one. Clayton was 2-3 with two RBIs while Dahl was 1-2, Christensen was 1-3 and King was 1-4.
Liz Brashear pitched five innings to earn the victory. She gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with one strikeout and two walks. Ashton Reisner pitched the final two innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits.
ELC returns to Spencer today to face Class 4A No. 4 Bishop Heelan and Class 2A No. 2 North Union. The Midgets are back in Spencer Monday evening for a Lakes Conference matchup with the Tigers.