SIOUX CITY - The Estherville Lincoln Central softball team had a rough night on Friday in Sioux City.
The Midgets lost 7-1 to Bishop Heelan and then were unable to hang on against Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a 5-4 loss.
In the first game, Carson Gjerde pitched three innings, giving up four runs off four hits in the third to the Crusaders. Liz Brashear closed out the final three innings, but ELC's bats were silent until the fifth when they plated their one run.
Brashear finished with two strikeouts and no walks. Gjerde had no strikeouts with four walks.
At the plate, Macy Dahl was 1-2 with an RBI, Brashear and Rachel Bates each went 1-2 and Megan Jensen was 1-3 with a run.
"Our girls drew walks quite a bit, but we couldn't find a way to score," said ELC coach Megan Anderson, adding that her team left six base runner stranded in the game.
In the second game, ELC led 3-1 after 6 1/2 innings, but Sergeant Bluff-Luton tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning. ELC went ahead with a run in the seventh.
But in the bottom of the inning, the Warriors got their lead runner on base. Two more hits allowed them to win the game.
ELC had six hits compared to 10 for the Warriors.
Brashear took the loss and struck out there with just one walk.
At the plate, Dahl, Emily Kirchner, Caitlyn Clayton, Brashear and Jensen all were 1-3. Kirchner had two RBIs and scored once while Brashear and Jensen each had an RBI. Clayton had a triple and Dahl scored a run.
ELC (1-2 overall) is home against Cherokee next Wednesday.
Bishop Heelan004 201 7 9 0
ELC000 010 1 4 3
ELC100 101 1 4 6 2
SBL100 002 2 5 10 0