CHEROKEE - Estherville Lincoln Central pitchers struggled in ELC's finally Lakes Conference contest on Monday. Austin Egeland and Billy Snyder combined for eight walks and three hit batters as the Braves won 7-3.
The two pitchers gave up just three hits-one by Egeland and two by Snyder-but ELC couldn't generate the offense needed to pull out the win after taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
"We had a hard time controlling the zone," said ELC coach Lee Evans. "With only giving up three hits, you expect to win those games, but we gave them 11 freebies. Six of the seven runs they scored were by a walk or a hit-by-pitch and that was the difference in the game."
The one positive Evans pointed to was the hitting. Despite just five hits, the coach said his players are taking a better approach to the plate.
"We just didn't manufacture enough runs," he said.
At the plate for ELC, Trey Jacobson and Riley Strenge each went 2-3 and scored a run. Alec Wycoff was 1-3 and also scored a run. Egeland had the lone RBI for the Midgets with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.