STORM LAKE - For five innings, it appeared Estherville Lincoln Central may become Storm Lake's first win of the season.
But the Midgets erupted for eight runs over the final two innings to leave town with an 8-2 victory on Wednesday.
"The first five innings, we just kept getting underneath the ball and creating easy popups for them," said ELC coach Megan Anderson.
ELC got started in the sixth inning as Emily Kirchner reached on a bunt single. With one out, Caitlyn Clayton sent the first pitch over the left-field fence to give ELC a 3-2 lead.
ELC kept up he scoring as Megan Jensen drew a walk and Rachel Bates reached on a bunt single.
Joslyn Moore came in to pinch hit for Sarah Schacherer found a gap for a two-RBI double. Moore moved to third when Kristen King forced the defense to throw to first on a dropped third strike. Moore then scored when Macy Dahl reached on an error as ELC led 6-2.
ELC added three runs in the seventh. Liz Brashear drew a leadoff walk and courtesy runner Jordan Phillips stole second. After Jensen drew a one-out walk, the runners advanced on a passed ball. Both runs scored when Rachel Bates hit a fly ball to short left field, which was dropped. Bates made it to second on the play, went to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.
Brashear earned the win on the mound as she gave up eight hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.
ELC finishes 10-4 in the Lakes Conference and 18-10 overall.
The Midgets host Algona in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The ELC JV (9-7-1) defeated Storm Lake 19-7 on Wednesday.
Megan Jensen earned the win. She pitched three innings and gave p one unearned run on one hit with one strikeout and one walk. Rylee Miller pitched two innings and gave up six unearned runs giving up one hit with seven walks.
At the plate, Joslyn Moore was 2-2 with two runs and two RBIs; Miller was 2-3 with a run and an RBI; Gabby Heckard was 1-2 with a run and two RBIs; and Madison Rimmer was 1-2 with a run and an RBI.