SPENCER - Class 3A No. 6 Estherville Lincoln Central avenged a couple of early season losses in the second day of the Spencer Tournament.
The Midgets defeated Class 4A No. 4 Bishop Heelan 2-1 and Class 2A No. 2 North Union 9-5.
The Crusaders had won 4-2 over ELC a month ago on May 24. North Union won 7-6 over ELC on June 2.
"Our three, four and five hitters did a nice job this weekend," said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
In the first game, the hits were scarce for both teams.
Bishop Heelan broke open a scoreless game in the top of the sixth inning. ELC starter Kendall Bosch gave up a two-out walk and the next Crusaders' batter hit a ball to deep right field.
ELC got out of the inning and went right to work.
Kristen King drew a walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Macy Dahl. A triple to the right-center gap by Emily Kirchner tied the game. Kirchner scored when Bosch reached on an error by the Crusader third baseman.
Bosch gave up three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in earning the win.
Against North Union, ELC outscored the Warriors 3-1 in both the first and the third innings and led 8-5 after four innings. Bosch and the ELC defense shut down the North Union lineup the final three innings.
Bosch gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
ELC pounded out 14 hits in the contest. Emily Kirchner was 3-3 with three runs including a solo home run over the center-field fence.
Christina Tendal was 3-3 with three RBIs while Bosch was 2-4 with a double and two RBIS.
Also Sadie Winter was 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. King was 2-4 while Dahl and Lago each went 1-4. Lago had a double.
Colette Haag took the loss for North Union. She struck out one batter and walked two. Seven of ELC's runs were earned.
At the plate, Tori Johnson and Sara Johnson each went 2-3. Allie Ingalls and Cheyanne Boland each went 2-4 with two RBIs. Haag also went 2-4 while Jasmine Clausen was 1-3 and Dena Looft was 1-4.
In North Union's first game, the Warriors battled Class 1A Akron-Westfield for nine innings.
North Union scored two runs in the sixth inning to tie the game.
Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning.
North Union was limited to seven hits. Tori Johnson was 3-4. Harley Lindell was 2-4 with two RBIs. Looft was 1-3 and Haag was 1-4.
Ingalls took the loss on the mound. She gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
On Friday at the Spencer Tournament, North Union defeated Spirit Lake 14-7 and Denison-Schleswig 21.
It was the Warriors' second win over Spirit Lake this season after winning 18-1 on June 7.
Peyton Oleson earned the win. She pitched four innings and gave up even runs (two earned) on six hits. Allie Ingalls closed out the final two innings and gave up one hit and struck out three batters.
North Union had 13 hits in the contest.
Ingalls was 3-4 with two RBIs. Boland was 3-4 with three RBIs. Tori Johnson was 2-4 with two RBIs and Autumn Boland also was 2-4. Each of the four players had one double.
Lindell, Taylor Mathine and Sara Johnson each went 1-2. Johnson had two RBIs.
Against Denison-Schleswig, North Union tied up the game in the fourth inning and scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning.
Ingalls pitched all eight innings and gave up one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
North Union was limited to six hits-one each by Ingalls, Tori Johnson, Lindell, Looft, Clausen and Autumn Boland. Clausen had an RBI.
North Union (26-4 overall) hosted Harris-Lake Park in a doubleheader on Monday. The Warriors are home against Lake Mills this evening.