Caitlyn Clayton's two home runs and five RBIs helped Estherville Lincoln Central's second match against Emmetsburg go much more smoothly as the Midgets won 6-0 on Thursday.
Almost as impressive was the performance of pitcher Liz Brashear and the ELC defense.
The E'Hawks had eight hits in the first meeting with ELC, but only managed two this time. Also Emmetsburg never had more than one base runner per inning.
Above: Caitlyn Clayton rounded the bases twice with a pair of home runs against Emmetsburg on Thursday.
Brashear finished with five strikeouts and one walk.
"If she pitches like that, it'll be tough to score runs against us," said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
ELC finished with eight hits in the contest and a couple more at the right spot could've made for a shorter night.
ELC loaded the bases in the first inning as Macy Dahl drew a walk, Carson Gjerde was hit by a pitch and Emily Kirchner laid down a bunt that stopped a few feet in front of home plate for an infield single.
But Brashear lined out to third base and Clayton and Megan Jensen both went down on strikes as ELC left three stranded.
But ELC went to work again in the third inning. ELC again loaded the bases as Dahl singled, Gjerde reached on an error and Kirchner drew a walk. This time, Brashear grounded out to third as Dahl scored.
Then Clayton stepped to the plate and worked he cont before sending the ball over the centerfield fence as ELC led 4-0.
ELC scored its final two runs in the fifth inning. Brashear hit a one-out single. This time, Clayton stepped up and sent the ball over the left-center field fence.
Emmetsburg's best chances to score came in the top of the third. Ashley Connelly led off with a single and courtesy runner Ashley Overberg moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a wild pitch. But Brashear recorded consecutive strikeouts to end the threat. The E'Hawks also had a chance to score in the fifth inning when Connelly reached on a one-out walk. After a strikeout, Overberg stole second and the throw into center field allowed her to go to third base with no one at second base. But Brashear recorded another strikeout to get out of the inning.
At the plate, Clayton finished 2-3 with five RBIs. Kirchner and Megan Jensen also went 2-3 while Dahl was 1-3 and Brashear was 1-4.
ELC (16-9 overall) hosts LeMars on Monday.
The ELC Junior Varsity lost 11-3 to Emmetsburg. Megan Jensen took the loss. She pitched six innings and gave up 11 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits with five strikeouts and three walks. At the plate, Alyssa Friesner was 3-3 with a run and an RBI; Jordan Phillips was 1-3 with a run; Carson Gjerde was 2-3 with an RBI; Colleen Humble was 1-2 with an RBI and Hallie Jensen was 1-3 with a run.