Estherville Lincoln Central couldn't take advantage of its limited opportunities against Western Christian on Wednesday as the Wolfpack left town with a 1-0 victory.
"We just couldn't get the bats going," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "You're not going to win many games with just one hit."
Western Christian pitcher Jasmine VanderZwaag kept the Midgets off balance as ELC popped up several times through the night. When ELC players did hit the ball hard, it was right at the defense.
Estherville Lincoln Central first baseman Megan Jensen makes the catch in the nick of time to get this out against Western Christin during play Wednesday in Estherville.
EDN photo by David Swartz
ELC's best chance to score came in the fifth inning when Caitlyn Clayton drew a walk. Megan Jensen reached on a fielder's choice as Clayton was out at second. Jensen moved to second though when Sarah Schacherer grounded out to the short stop.
Rachel Bates then hit a ball into the outfield and coach Anderson sent Jensen home. But the throw from center field was on the mark as Jensen was tagged at the plate.
Liz Brashear pitched well in the loss as she gave up just four hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
ELC (13-7 overall) is at the Spencer Tournament this Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, the Midgets play Akron-Westfield at 2 p.m. and Sioux Center at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, ELC plays Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at 11 a.m. and North Union at 2:30 p.m.
The ELC Junior Varsity won 11-3. Megan Jensen was the winning pitcher as she pitched six innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate, Jordan Phillips was 1-1 with two runs and an RBI; Alyssa Friesner was 2-3 with two RBIs; Gabby Heckard was 1-1 with a double and two RBIs; Carson Gjerde was 2-3 with a run and an RBI and Olivia Truog was 1-1 with an RBI.