HULL - After rallying to beat Western Christian in their first meeting, Estherville Lincoln Central just couldn't get the bats going against the Wolfpack in their second meeting of the season on Friday.
Helped by an ELC error, Western Christian scored a run in the first inning and then Kenzie Bousema hit a solo home run off the fence guardrail in the third inning to complete the scoring in the 2-0 Wolfpack victory.
The Midgets had chances to score throughout the night, but couldn't come up with the big hit.
The Estherville Lincoln Central infield prepares for the start of an inning at a recent game in Estherville.
"We struck out eight times and hit six easy pop ups to the infield," said ELC coach Megan Anderson. "That counted for 14 of the 21 outs in the game. We made it too easy. We had opportunities to score with eight runners left on base in scoring position. We need to find a way to produce runs in those situations."
In the second inning, Sarah Schacherer drew a two-out walk and went to third base on a single by Alyssa Friesner, who subsequently stole second base. But the runners were stranded when Western Christian pitcher Summer Jansen recorded her fourth strikeout.
In the third inning, Carson Gjerde hit a two-out double and went to third base on a wild pitch, but she also was stranded as Caitlyn Clayton popped up to Jansen.
In the fourth inning, Rachel Bates singled and went to third on the ensuing error in right field. After Schacherer drew a walk and stole second, Jansen and the Wolfpack defense retired the next two batters.
ELC finished with four hits on the night with Gjerde, Liz Brashear, Bates and Friesner each going 1-3.
Brashear took the loss as she struck out three and walked two while giving up nine hits. Both teams had two errors.
ELC (12-6 overall, 5-3 in the Lakes Conference) hosts Storm Lake on Monday, travels to Swea City on Tuesday, travels to Spencer on Wednesday and back to Spencer on Friday and Saturday for the Tigers' Tournament.
In junior varsity play, ELC?won 12-3 over Western Christian.
Carson Gjerde was the winning pitcher and recorded six strikeouts. Gabby Heckard was 2-3 with a double and two RBIs, Karmen Hazen was 3-4 with a double and two RBIs and Ally Andrews was 1-2 with a double and two RBIs.
On Wednesday, the ELC JV defeated Cherokee 12-1.
Olivia Truog was the winning pitcher. She also helped her cause as she went 2-2 with two runs. Hallie Jensen was 1-2 with a triple and Gabby Heckard was 1-1, drew two walks and scored three times.