BANCROFT - Playing a pair of non-conference foes, Estherville Lincoln Central coach Lee Evans gave some of his young players some varsity experience on Thursday.
The Midgets did defeating North Union 6-3 and North Iowa 12-2 in five innings.
"We gave a lot of people a chance," said Evans. "We had talked about the change from a day to a night game and no junior varsity. But the first couple innings, we were not ready to play in the first game (against North Union).
"We got a big inning and took advantage in the sixth," he continued. "Evan (Olesen) did an excellent job for his first varsity win."
Riley Strenge started on the mound, giving up three earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two hit batters. Olesen closed out the final four innings and gave up two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
ELC trailed 5-1 when the Midgets went to work in the sixth inning. Austin Egeland hit a one-out single. With two outs, Chase Bonner reached on an error. That was followed by RBI singles from Trey Jacobson and Zach Humble with Olesen helping his cause with a two-RBI single to give ELC the lead. Another single by Strenge completed the scoring before North Union finally got out of the inning.
Colin Runksmeier pitched all seven innings in the loss as he gave up six runs (one earned) on eights hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
At the plate for ELC, Strenge was 2-4 and Jacobson each went 2-4 while Olesen was 1-1, Humble was 1-2 and Snyder and Egeland each were 1-4.
"Trey had his first start at third base and made some noise with both his bat and glove," said Evans. Hunter King gave us some good infield play at second base and with Carsten (Bosch) turned a couple double plays."
For North Union, Colin Runksmeier was 3-3 with two RBIs, Logan Hellman and Carter Engelby each went 1-2 while Alex Krantz was 1-3 and Cody Runksmeier was 1-4 with an RBI.
In the second game, ELC needed just two hits while taking advantage of North Iowa walks and errors.
Christensen got the start on the mound and earned his first varsity win. In five innings he gave up two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
At the plate, Strenge was 1-3 with an RBI and Olesen was 1-3.
"Dan pitched well and Jake Bortvit gave (catcher) Corey (Reeves), a game off," said Evans. "The kids also were patient at the plate."
In the final game of the night, North Union defeated North Iowa 8-2.
Corey Vaske picked up the win as went seven innings giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
Like ELC, North Union took advantage of three walks and two Bison errors to score five runs in the second inning. Vaske punctuated the night with a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Warriors finished with six hits with Vaske going 2-4 with two RBIs. Braden Ortman was 1-3 with three RBIs while Cody Runksmeier was 1-4 with two RBIs, Colin Runskmeier was 1-4 with an RBI and Engelby was 1-1.