After rain delayed the start of the Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Tournament for four hours, three teams eventually took the field on Saturday.
The Midgets came away with a split, defeating Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn 4-3 in eight innings and losing to Humboldt 11-2 in their second game. Humboldt defeated HMS in the other contest, 13-1 in six innings.
Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth against the HMS, ELC tied the game with three runs. Gable Bonner and Joe Clayton both singled and scored on a triple by Matt Burrell. Burrell came home on Derek Nieland's single.
Tyler Swanson got the start on the mound and pitched six innings. Only one of the Hawks' runs was earned. Swanson gave up five hits, struck out three batters, walked four and hit one.
ELC scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Clayton and Burrell both drew a walk and Nieland was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Adam Reiter came up with a sacrifice fly to right field.
Billy Snyder closed out the final two innings as he earned the win. He struck out one batter, walked one and hit one.
At the plate, Reiter was 2-3 while Clayton and Nieland each went 1-2, Burrell was 1-3 and Bonner was 1-4.
ELC struggled against Humboldt. Burrell pitched four innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits with three strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
Tim Greving closed out the game. He gave up two earned runs on three hits with one walk and one hit batter.
ELC mustered just five hits.
Clayton scored one run when he led of the second inning with a triple and scored on a passed ball. ELC scored in the fourth also. Bonner drew a walk, Burrell singled and Nieland drove in Bonner with a single.
At the plate, Bonner was 1-2 while Clayton, Burrell, Nieland and Corey Reeves each went 1-3.
ELC (11-12 overall) was at Spencer on Monday.
"The kids have been working hard and we hope to see it pay off in the last week of the season and into the postseason," said ELC coach Lee Evans.