The Estherville Lincoln Central Baseball Team was just a hit short of rallying from a 5-1 deficit to Central Lyon in the sixth inning on Thursday.
But the Lions brought in closer Kyler Huisman who picked up the save and secure the 5-4 win for the visitors.
ELC's rally started with a one-out walk to Gable Bonner. A triple by Joe Clayton brought pinch runner Riley Strenge home. Matt Burrell followed with an RBI single and Derek Nieland also singled.
Estherville Lincoln Central shortstop Matt Burrell fires to first base to complete a double play in the second inning against Central?Lyon on Thursday.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Two passed balls allowed Burrell to score and Nieland, the tying run, to reach third base.
That's when Huisman entered the game. He struck out Adam Reiter, walked Justin Frederick and got Corey Reeves to fly out to the shortstop.
ELC sent in Clayton to relieve starter Tyler Swanson in the top of the seventh. Clayton got the top of the Lions' order on three consecutive popups.
But in the bottom of the inning, the top of ELC's order could do nothing against Huisman.
The visitors scored the first run after Swanson gave up a leadoff walk and the runner stole second. A one-out single scored the run.
ELC answered in the bottom of the inning as Bonner drew a two-out walk and scored from first when Clayton hit a double to the left-centerfield gap.
Defensively, the Midgets recorded the first of two double plays on the night in the second inning. After Swanson hit a batter with one out, Chris Ladd hit a ball so that shortstop Burrell could grab the ball, step on second and throw to first.
The scored remained 1-1 until the fourth inning when Luke Grooters hit a leadoff double. Jarod DeBey followed with a single. Grooters scored when Cole Snyder hit into a double play. This time the ball went to ELC second baseman Billy Snyder, who flipped it to Burrell and he threw to Bonner at first base.
The visitors scored three runs in the fifth after loading the bases with two outs. A wild pitch scored one run and a single scored two more.
Swanson took the loss. In six innings he gave up five earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts, four walks and a hit batter.
"I thought Tyler threw all right," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "We just left too many runners on base."
ELC had seven hits in the game. Clayton was 3-3 with two RBIs while Bonner was 1-2. Burrell, Nieland and Reiter each went 1-3 with Burrell also having an RBI.
ELC (11-14 overall) travels to Emmetsburg tonight.